Rat Brain Flies Plane
Posted 16 years ago by Internetrix
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A University of Florida scientist has created a living "brain" of cultured rat cells that now controls an F-22 fighter jet flight simulator. Professor Thomas DeMarse, from the University of Florida Biomedical Engineering department, grew a culture of rodent brain cells in a dish on top of an electrode grid. While initially these cells were independent and disconnected, they soon extended microscopic lines to each other, creating a functioning neural network.
What is really incredible about this experiment is that Professor DeMarse could have a "two way" interaction with the cells through the electrode grid. By attaching the rodent cell culture to an F-22 flight simulator, the 25,000 brain cells learned to fly the aircraft.
Unfortunately for the Republican party, the IQ of the culture has already proven itself too high for presidential pre-selection, so they're going to have to continue to make do with George Bush as their candidate for this election at least.