Saturday, December 14, 2013

3D Neuron Model

According to Kurzweil News, the first 3D-printed neuron has been created by neuroscientist Gordon Shepherd of Yale University in collaboration with the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design. “Brain microcircuits have a very complicated 3D architecture,” said Shepherd, a professor of neurobiology at the Yale School of Medicine and author of The Synaptic Organization of the Brain, a classic in the literature of neurobiology. It’s rather amazing to look at a picture of this plastic 3D-neuron replica, thousands of times larger than it is in real life, and know that there are millions and billions of them diligently working 24-7 to keep your brain and body going.

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