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Neurosciences and cognitive sciences
A polymer optoelectronic interface restores light sensitivity in blind rat retinas

An Italian team, guided by Diego Ghezzi e Fabio Benfenati (Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia) just discovered that interfacing organic electronics with biological substrates offer new possibilities for biotechnology by take advantage of the beneficial properties exhibited by organic conducting polymers. In particular, these polymers have been used for cellular interfaces in several applications, including cellular scaffolds, neural probes, biosensors and actuators for drug release.

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Human brain treats prosthetic devices as part of the body

The human brain can learn to treat relevant prosthetics as a substitute for a non-working body part, according to research published March 6 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Mariella Pazzaglia and colleagues from Sapienza University and IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia of Rome in Italy, supported by the International Foundation for Research in Paraplegie.

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