The hyperdrive implant surgery was successful and the rat is currently in recovery. I was invited to watch the surgery, and the woman who administered and drove the surgery graciously explained to me the step by step process as she was doing the surgery. I also had the honor of holding a light an inch above the opened and bloody head! Luckily, I was not squeamish. To me, the most interesting part of the surgery was when the head was already cut open and the surgeons had to carefully circumvent major blood vessels while finding the part of the brain they were going to implant in. All in all, the surgery went well and the rat’s breath and heartrate were constant throughout. No major vessels were hit, which would normally result in uncontrollable bleeding, so that was a relief! The rat is on antobiotics as a precautionary against infection. As Dr. Carol Barnes says, we will soon be able to listen to the “symphony of the brain.”
This is the closest image i could find to the hyperdrive implant:
Besides the surgery, this week was also a good one for the second cohort of rats. They continued on the linear track and a few have reached learning criteria! This means we will be able to put them on the W-track sooner than we thought.