A nano-edge microelectrode developed by University of Calgary researchers Colin Dalton (right) and Pierre Wijdenes is taking brain research to a new level.

The electrode is the workhorse of brain research, playing a crucial role in investigating neurological diseases such Parkinson’s disease or epilepsy. However, as electronic data-capture via this method has been refined to target individual neurons, brain research has been hampered by the tendency of current electrode technology to kill the cells into which it is inserted.

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