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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February 26, 2017 at 11:47

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


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


February 25, 2017 at 13:54

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


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!


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.


February 12, 2017 at 14:49

I think it's a good idea but im not sure about the experimenting on animals.

josh perry

February 12, 2017 at 14:17

science is amazing but pity animals have to suffer in the process.


February 12, 2017 at 12:49

brilliant needs more funding and research


February 12, 2017 at 11:56

You should experiment with people already with paralyisis instead of injuring monkeys, even though it is for a few weeks


February 11, 2017 at 10:47

I think that it is a good idea because it is helping people to return to a normal life


February 10, 2017 at 16:28

Research is great. Animals are needed to perform a quick and thorough investigation.


February 10, 2017 at 15:37

I think it is a good idea but we need to be careful testing it for the first time in humans. Monkeys are a good idea but still they do not have the same nerve system and may react differently.


February 8, 2017 at 14:59

Don't agree with using animals. Although a very complex and interesting idea, I would just test it on humans: we have too many of us.

Samuel Harrington

February 8, 2017 at 11:13

I fully support this, I think it would be a wonderfull opportunity for the paralyzed.


February 6, 2017 at 15:24

Hopefully the start of an amazing breakthrough that will enable greater recovery rates for spinal injury patients. Amazing stuff!

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