New Year; new predictions. Each January, EE Times editors go through the list of electronics technologies overhyped as well as underexposed, to come up with what we believe will be the hot areas during the next 12 months. Here are our picks; please give us a reality check by adding your comments to the discussion.
3D Brain Tissue
Based on fabrication techniques used in the semiconductor industry, a team of engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School developed a simple and inexpensive way to create three-dimensional brain tissues in a lab dish.
The technique yields tissue constructs that closely mimic the cellular composition of those in the living brain, allowing scientists to study how neurons form connections and to anticipate how cells from individual patients might respond to different drugs.
In the long term, researchers said they expect to better understand how to design tissue implants that could be used to replace damaged tissue in patients.
MIT researchers stacked neurons to form 3-D brain tissue.