February 18, 2014 | Pippa

I'm amazed at advances scientists have made in reading the minds of lab animals. Now they've shown one monkey can accurately control the body of another sedated monkey.

Signals read from the 'master' monkey's brain were used to get the other monkey to move a joystick up and down. It's still a long way from what's depicted in the Avatar movie, or from paralysed people having function returned, but it's a step forward.

I'll mark this one down as slightly creepy but very exciting neuroscience.

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The ‘master’ monkey had a sensor implanted in its brain; the 'avatar' had electrodes in its spine.

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