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'Promising & exciting': Brain implants with wireless signal let paralyzed monkeys move normally

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At least two primates with severed spinal cords regained control of their limbs after a new wireless implant was placed in their brains. Neuroscientists now hope the brain-spine interface could help immobile human patients too.

Neuroscientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) developed a technology which allows the sending of signals from the brain to the muscles bypassing the damaged part of the spinal cord.

By adding a wireless brain implant and electrodes in the primates' spinal cord, scientists enabled monkeys with spinal cord injuries to walk again, research published in the journal Nature showed.

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https://www.rt.com/news/366153-paralyzed-monkeys-walk-wireless/

This would be great if it could actually help people. I wonder how those monkeys got their spinal cords severed in the first place.  Anyone think they searched the wild until they found some with spinal cord injuries? 

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As long as Uncle Sam isn't controlling the wireless signal, if you know what I mean.  Scary stuff, sounds great in paper though.   But then again, so did Obamacare.  Proceed with caution, the Federal Government has a habit of co opting technology like this for nefarious purposes.

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