- The wireless brain implant would let patients treat themselves at home
- A transmitter sends electrical signals to the brain chip, which then converts them into infrared light that activates nanoparticles around the tumor
- The nanoparticles generate heat to kill off the brain tumor
- Mice with tumors were treated for just 15 minutes a day for 15 days
Researchers at Stanford Medicine have created a novel brain implant that activates nanoparticles inside the device to produce heat and zap dangerous malignant tumors.
Over the course of 15 days straight, the brain implant would be utilized to treat the lethal tumour in 15-minute sessions.
The implant would go between the skin and the skull.
Scientists claim that by raising the temperature of the brain implant by 40 degrees Fahrenheit, they may destroy cancer cells without endangering the surrounding brain tissue.
The technique of photothermal treatment, which is used to treat cancers, has previously only been applied during surgery.
On mice with brain tumors, Stanford Medicine researchers tested the new brain implant technology.
The mice with brain tumors were split into two groups, one of which had a brain implant and the other did not. The circumstances of mice with brain implants improved and they no longer required surgery after receiving 15 minutes of treatment daily for 15 days straight.
The research team contends the mice with implanted brains were unaffected when the nanoparticles were triggered and that the nanoparticles remained at the tumor site and did not harm surrounding tissue.
Additionally, the researchers claim that mice who underwent the treatment live longer thanks to the brain implants, with a survival rate that is doubled or tripled. The research team has not yet determined whether the method would increase other species’ life spans.
Targeting tumors in the brain of different sizes and locations is possible by modifying wavelight and heating methods. The research team’s primary focus is on glioblastoma treatment, an aggressive form of cancer that frequently requires open skull surgery, chemotherapy, and is incurable.
According to the Daily Mail, mice with the technology implanted in their brains “had a survival of up to three times longer than those who did not receive the implant.”
“The team fitted the brain implant with star-shaped gold nanoparticles and a small antenna to convert electrical signals to infrared light, which activate the nanoparticles to generate heat – and this can all be performed remotely,” the publication notes. “The researchers envision that their device, when adapted to human patients, could be used for in-home treatment in addition to surgery, chemotherapy or radiation, without adding to the burden of hospital visits or interrupting their normal lives.”
The nanoparticles generate heat to kill the brain tumor. Here is an activated chip implanted in a mouse
Hamed Arami, PhD, a co-author of the study, contends that brain implants are more successful than chemotherapy and have less negative side effects.
“The nanoparticles help us target the treatment to only the tumor, so the effects will be relatively less compared with chemotherapy and radiation,” Arami said in a statement. ” The structure and dosage of the nanoparticles are calibrated to generate just the right amount of heat.”
The researchers claim that mice who had chemotherapy and received brain implants survive the longest.
“Glioblastoma patients don’t often live more than two to three years after diagnosis because you can’t get rid of every part of the tumor, and the tumor can become drug-resistant or radiation-resistant,” Arami said. “The goal is to combine this with other treatments to extend survival.”
The development of the new brain implant gadget coincides with transhumanists’ drive to create cyborgs by fusing people and machines.
The brain implants being developed by billionaire Elon Musk’s business Neuraliknk will enable thought-to-thought communication with robots.
The treatment is just 15 minutes a day for 15 days. Pictures is a non-active chip in a mouse
Monkeys’ brains have been implanted with artificial intelligence microchips by the neurotechnology business.
According to reports, the University of California Davis in September was able to collect 371 images of the creatures who were slain for Neuralink’s brain chip tests.
Neuralink’s technology, according to Musk, who co-founded the company in 2016, “would enable someone with paralysis to use a smartphone with their mind faster than someone using thumbs.”
371 images of the monkeys who perished during Neuralink’s effort to implant brain chips in them have been provided to the University of California, Davis.
The team fitted the brain implant with star-shaped gold nanoparticles
In February, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine filed a lawsuit against the University of California, Davis for withholding images and recordings from Neuralink research.
“UC Davis thinks the public is too stupid to know what they’re looking at,” said Ryan Merkley, director of research advocacy with the Physicians Committee said in a statement in September. “But it’s clear the university is simply trying to hide from taxpayers the fact that it partnered with Elon Musk to conduct experiments in which animals suffered and died.”
Neuralink started clinical trials to implant humans with brain chips that can interface with external devices in January, despite the animals who were killed throughout the research.
by: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter
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