Brain and spine implants with IPG

Image: Hillary Sanctuary/EPFL

January 31, 2017

This brain-spine interface is the first device to reconnect the brain and the spinal cord of a paralysed monkey, allowing it to walk again. The machine translates the brain's messages and sends them to the monkey's legs in real time. Scientists hope it could be used to treat humans with spinal cord injuries.

Lottie, Exhibitions Developer, Science Museum

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Havrvey Webb

March 12, 2017 at 12:36

I think, with effort and research, this has a lot of potential.

Lu

March 10, 2017 at 16:07

As long as no person and no animal is in pain, this woul be a wonderful opportunity for paralyzed people.

Charlotte

March 10, 2017 at 13:10

I think that it is ok to test on animals because this could mean a brighter future for our world. It could mean a change for the better, as long as the suffering for the animals is minimal.

lola

March 5, 2017 at 13:31

i think its great but it will be exspensive

diego

March 4, 2017 at 13:20

this will be very useful but first we need to make sure it will work in humans.

Sebastian

March 1, 2017 at 15:00

It would be great to help people be part of society in a more natural way. Using animals in research and human volunteers would be the only way to make such a tech reality.

Tom

February 28, 2017 at 12:54

i dont think animals should be used for research as it is cruel.

Lina

February 27, 2017 at 17:27

I think it's not good to prove medical innovations on animals. Yes it's important to come up with new medical techniques, but must they test them on animals?

giulia

February 27, 2017 at 14:02

I hope there will be full human experiments soon!

Rosie

February 26, 2017 at 16:14

As long as the monkey wasn't in pain I think its great.

Harrison

February 26, 2017 at 11:47

to help people return to a normal life again is absolutely phenomenal

galileo

February 25, 2017 at 16:48

this could help loads of people but this could be costly and there are many thing that could go wrong

Brinda

February 25, 2017 at 13:54

why not experiment with paralysed people themselves willing to give this experience a try with their consent

Immee

February 25, 2017 at 13:22

This is real progress in helping people who have partial or complete paralysis! The use of animals is justified as long as there is no permanent damage to them and they are treated humainly!

Gabby

February 24, 2017 at 15:33

I think this would make a wonderful impact on people. I think this is purposeful use of animal testing if they were not hurt.

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