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    Thumbs up cool new SCI research development from U of Washington

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    Brain nerve cells can directly control stimulation of paralyzed muscles through an artificial connection
    Leila Gray leilag@u.washington.edu


    An artificial connection between nerve cells in the brain and muscles has been shown to restore voluntary movement to paralyzed limbs. This finding was reported today in the journal Nature.


    Scientists would like to discover how to re-route brain signals to bypass damaged nerves to treat spinal cord injuries. A spinal cord injury impairs nerve pathways, but spares muscles and brain tissue.


    Unlike previous experiments to activate paralyzed muscles through pre-determined electrical stimulation, or to tap brain activity to operate robotic arms or computer cursers, in this study muscles were directly stimulated using the activity of neurons in the motor cortex, the part of the brain that normally controls limb movement. <snip>
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    Quote Originally Posted by starlightangel View Post
    not sure if someone's already posted this, but here it is
    full text at
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    Hi, angel. It is so good to see you post here. Wise.

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