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April 2016   Comments

A “welding” tool to connect neurons

What if it were possible to weld a severed nerve back together ? A team of engineers and oncologists at the University of Alberta have brought this possibility one step closer to reality. In an article published in Nature Scientific Reports, they describe a technique they have developed to connect neuron ends using ultrashort laser pulses. In the immediate future, their discovery will give cancer researchers the ability to precisely bond specific neurons in their laboratory experiments.

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