Microscopic rabbit useful in treating diseases of the brain




Microscopic rabbit useful in treating diseases of the brain


Scientists have created a sculpture of a rabbit the size of a bacterium, a new type of resin, which in the future may be used in the creation of bionic implants. Resin, developed by Japanese researchers at the microscopic level can form complex vysokoprovodimye 3D-structure .

During research scientists are faced with a problem: to convert microscopic sculpture electrode (which is, for example, may be implanted into the brain for the treatment of epilepsy), the resin must be heated to a high temperature so that it was covered with a carbon coating. Carburizing process improves conductivity resin, but destroys the shape already created sculptures deforms it. This is critical when it comes to creating a medical implant strict form.

To resolve this problem required a new type of highly concentrated resin material called rezortsinolovy diglycidyl ether, which was previously used for diluting the resin. The new material will not deform under high temperatures, enabling the creation of conductive structures it the desired shape.


The research team, which includes physicists and chemists from the State University of Yokohama, Tokyo Institute of Technology and C-MET, used a variety of methods cementing microscopic forms, including the use of UV light and laser. The latter method proved to be most successful.

The authors hope that they developed in the future, the material can be used to create any shape microelectrodes for subsequent implantation into the brain. This helps in the treatment of diseases such as epilepsy, depression and Parkinson’s disease. The technology could also find application in the production of three-dimensional microscopic coils for heating.

The work was published in a scientific journal Optical Methods Express.

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