The cerebellum (in red) in a human brain (Image: Life Sciences Database)
Scientists have successfully replaced a rat's cerebellum with a chip programmed to perform the same functions (Photo: Jean-Etienne Poirrier)
Two years ago, the director of Switzerland’s Blue Brain Project predicted that an artificial human brain would be possible within ten years. Since then, we have seen examples of artificial synapses and neural networks. In the latest step towards man-made brains, however, scientists from Israel’s Tel Aviv University have restored brain function to a rat by replacing its disabled cerebellum with one that they created.
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