Brain implant helps paralysed monkeys walk in just six days

bsi_credit_jemere_rubySpinal cord injuries typically cause communication between the brain and physiological areas to become disrupted, preventing the person from moving. Neuroscientists have spent years attempting to restore this movement in paralysed people, and now experts in France have developed a device that does just this, and does it in a matter of days.

The brain–spine interface developed by academics at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne allowed monkeys with paralysed legs to walk again and independent researchers have said that the first human clinical tests of the connection could be seen “by the end of the decade.”

By Matt Burgess | Wired (UK)


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