Graphene is a material that consists of carbon atoms. It was discovered, and then synthesized a little less than two decades ago. Now it has been significantly improved by adding structure and properties. Most recently, a team of researchers working at Vanderbilt University has discovered a number of additional, unique features of this material. It is about providing connections between nerve cells that are in the brain. The authors of the development published its results, potentially capable of turning into a kind of prism, allowing to look at graphene as a new basis of neuroscience. The researchers noticed that this material is capable of increasing the strength and activity of signals between neurons.
The fact is that thanks to graphene, cell membranes can draw cholesterol in large volumes. It is this substance that helps to function the special vesicles that neurotransmitters carry in the brain. According to experts, this indicates the possibility of artificial influence on the processes of activity and neuronal exchange at the cellular level.
Scientists still have many tests. Probably, they will manage to create their own technology of applying the graphene structure in working with brain cells. Be that as it may, the first success of research clearly demonstrates that the characteristics and features of graphene can be a serious incentive to breakthrough in modern neuroscience.
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