Brain monitoring chips dissolve when you’re done with them

Jan 18, 2016

Photo credit: Washington University School of Medicine

By Jon Fingas

By far the biggest danger of brain implants is rejection — it can be just a matter of time before your immune system freaks out and makes a bad situation that much worse. That’s where Washington University might come to the rescue. Its researchers have crafted tiny (smaller than a pencil tip) wireless brain sensors that dissolve. Their mix of silicone and polylactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) is sophisticated enough to transmit vital data like cranial pressure and temperature, but melts after a few days of exposure to typical organic matter.

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