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Scientists fuse an implant with a Venus flytrap, paving the way for human brain implants

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The bionic age of Earth has arrived! Scientists have successfully implanted an artificial neuron into a Venus flytrap, marking a major step forward in merging natural life and technology.

The artificial neuron implanted in a Venus Flytrap plant would have been able to control the plant and its movements which are used to attract and eat prey.

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Blurred lines between artificial and natural life

Its creators suggest the feat is a step towards developing brain chip interfaces – yes, like Neuralink – the one that Elon Musk is developing. Combining natural life with technology is not an easy task, which is why science has not yet been able to master it.

The elements that make up natural life on Earth are inherently different from those used in electronic devices and are dictated by different principles. Scientists think a new approach like the one used to tie the technology to Venus Flytrap could solve the problem.

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The technology used in this experiment works like neurons. It can control biological processes but “reacts to electrical inputs in a way that makes them capable of being controlled by a computer,” Independent reported.

Watch it in action below

The new research was published in Nature Communications and is titled “Neurons and organic electrochemical synapses with ion-mediated spike.”

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Venus Flytraps are notorious plants known to be ruthless carnivores that attract bugs and insects into their open lobes. Once they are seated on the lobes of the plant, they close and the insect slowly burns away. They use the powers of their sweet scent to beckon their prey.

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References

Griffin, A. (2022b, February 22). Venus Flytrap implant sees scientists take major step towards merging computers and living things. The Independent.