Spanish researchers have just created a revolutionary computer chip that's able to copy the body's blood retinal barrier. Although this research still has a long way to go, scientists believe this device could help doctors better understand a wide variety of eye diseases in the near future.
Scientists used various cells derived from the retinae to create these advanced computer chips. All of the cells used in this device were cultured at the Microelectronics Institute of Barcelona.
Specifically, researchers used endothelial, neuronal, and pigmented epithelial cells that have the ability to copy the body's retinal cells. These three cells were placed in grooves of the computer chip to help them move around in as natural a fashion as possible.
Since this new device is designed to copy the blood retinal barrier, researchers want to use this chip to study how various retinal diseases develop. Anyone interested can read more about this device in the latest edition of the Lab on a Chip journal.
The scientists involved in this latest project are no strangers to designing technologies based on the natural processes of the human body. Most recently, these researchers have created technologies that are able to copy processes in the liver and even cross the blood-brain barrier.
The Barcelona Microelectronics Institute is an official part of the National Microelectronics Center and the Spanish Research Council (CSIC). The CSIC also owns similar institutes in the cities of Seville and Madrid.