Brain chips could help paralysed patients


London Telegraph
July 5, 2010

Engineers are developing the technology, which employs tiny microchips to sense nerve messages, decode the signals, and turn thought into movement.

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They hope within five years to be offering patients with damaged spinal cords robotic devices that will enable them to move their arms or legs at will.

Spinal cord injuries cause paralysis by severing the connection between brain and limb.

Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, heading a University of Leicester team working on the project, explained that such patients retain the ability to ”think” commands from the brain.

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