Rat Neurons Pilot Jet

At once fascinating and disquieting, this research marks, as Wired puts it, "a great day for science ... and a terrible day for human pilots. How would you feel knowing that your job could be outsourced to cortical tissue from a rodent?"

Dr Thomas DeMarse, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida, released the results of a study in which 25,000 rat neurons configured in a network in tissue culture overlying a grid of 60 electrodes were trained to fly a simulated F-22 jet.

The CNN report can be found here. I also managed to find this University of Florida Press Release, Dr DeMarse's CV and web page.

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