Brain implant allows partially paralysed monkeys to walk again

Prospect of radical new therapies for people with spinal injuries is raised by implant, the first shown to restore walking ability in paralysed primates The brain-spine interface uses a brain implant like this one to detect spiking activity of the brain’s motor cortex. Seen here, a microelectrode array and a silicon model of a primate’s brain. Photograph: Alain Herzog / EPFL Partially-paralysed monkeys have learned to walk again with a brain implant that uses wireless signals to bypass broken nerves in the spinal cord and reanimate the useless limbs. The implant is the first to restore walking ability in paralysed primates and raises the prospect of radical new therapies for people with devastating spinal injuries. Scientists hope the technology will help people who have lost the use of their legs,…


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