20 September 2007

Re-Growing Damaged Brain

If humans are to live longer lives, we need ways to regenerate our brains from all sorts of neuronal damage. Adult brains can produce new neurons to replace some forms of brain damage. Maintaining brain function in extreme life extension is a matter of finding ways to expand this inherent ability of the brain.

Hat tip IConrad


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Blogger IConrad said...

Gotta love thenewsroom.com., eh? Syndicated pieces is a good thing. 'Course, you can currently get more outta that than I can -- template limitations, and all. But still -- certainly is an interesting piece, eh?

I had more on it here. Engineering A Theory: The Difficulty Of Human Brain Upgrades

Thursday, 20 September, 2007  
Blogger al fin said...

Brain engineering holds a lot of promise. neurochips that sub for damaged brain in relaying normal signaling, deep brain implants for stimulating new synapse/neuron/glial formation, ingenious neurofeedback schemes, and brain/machine interfaces that can be used to "sculpt" brain repairs.

Drugs combined with nano-delivery/sustained delivery/timed and targeted delivery, are also promising.

Stem cell generation, colonisation, and facilitation by growth factors.

New neurons and synapses can pose a threat to the existing "personality", but the threat is nothing placed against CVA, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntingtons, etc.

Saturday, 22 September, 2007  

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