Of mice and men

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2009;149:203-13.


In this chapter we consider a distinct example of the link between biology and technology, with particular reference to the brain. We look at the example of a brain cultured in the laboratory which is then linked to a physical robot body. The overall entity therefore consists of a physical robot body controlled by a purely biological brain. The entire system provides a wonderful base for the study of the fundamental features of diseases such as strokes and Alzheimer's disease, as well as allowing for a basic investigation into the mechanisms for neural signal transfer.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biotechnology*
  • Brain* / metabolism
  • Mice
  • Nerve Net
  • Robotics*