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October 27, 2004

Petri Dish Autopilot

'Brain' In A Dish Acts As Autopilot, Living Computer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A University of Florida scientist has grown a living “brain” that can fly a simulated plane, giving scientists a novel way to observe how brain cells function as a network.

The “brain” -- a collection of 25,000 living neurons, or nerve cells, taken from a rat’s brain and cultured inside a glass dish -- gives scientists a unique real-time window into the brain at the cellular level. By watching the brain cells interact, scientists hope to understand what causes neural disorders such as epilepsy and to determine noninvasive ways to intervene.

As living computers, they may someday be used to fly small unmanned airplanes or handle tasks that are dangerous for humans, such as search-and-rescue missions or bomb damage assessments.

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I am awed. Amazing.

Posted by: Ronni Bennett | Oct 28, 2004 9:18:21 AM

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Posted by: Sof | Oct 27, 2004 10:54:01 PM

Perhaps one of his stories. Check this list to see if you find anything familiar!

http://vanvogt.www4.mmedia.is/biblio.htm

Posted by: Manish | Oct 27, 2004 11:29:02 AM

Some SF writer, and his name is not on the tip of my tongue (was it A E van Vogt? help me, somebody) from fifty years ago used a cat's brain as the central element in a spaceship navigating system. The brain, being that of a cat, had a fantastic sense of 3-D space and lightning-quick motor responses. Wonder if this guy got the idea from that.

Posted by: Judith | Oct 27, 2004 9:29:32 AM

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