Researchers engineer a two-neuron brain

May 24, 2018, 8:21 AM EDT
(Source: svklimkin/flickr)
(Source: svklimkin/flickr)

Understanding and replicating the trillions of neural connections in the complex organic CPU, called brain, is an inexplicably complex task. A team of researchers at the University of Tokyo, has for the first time, recreated a simplified model of brain matter using microscopic plates that grow and connect neurons with precise control.

The breakthrough is valuable as it opens new avenues in neurological research for its ability to control the formation of neural connections, which has so far been the limitation with existing models and research suites, notes Tech Crunch.

The use of microplating could help scientists synthesize neural networks in more controlled fashion, a prerequisite to understanding the brain better, writes Science Daily.