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Single Neuron Wired to Muscle Un-Paralyzes Monkeys

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 5 years ago

Biotech 0

GalaticGrub (666) writes "A pair of paralyzed monkeys regained the ability to move their arms after researchers wired individual neurons to the monkey's arm muscles. A team of researchers at the University of Washington temporarily paralyzed each monkey's arm then rerouted brain signals from a single neuron in the motor cortex around the blocked nerve pathway via a computer. The neuron fired above a certain rate, the computer translated the signal into a jolt of electricity to the arm muscle, causing it to contract. The monkeys practiced moving their arms by playing a video game."

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