Brain implant allows partially paralysed monkeys to walk again

By: Ian Sample Science editor | Brain implant allows partially paralysed monkeys to walk again | Neuroscience | The Guardian

Prospect of radical new therapies for people with spinal injuries is raised by implant, the first shown to restore walking ability in paralysed primates

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.

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