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Bypassing Paralysis Altogether

A device restores movement directly to a man's arm.

RELATED TAGS: MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
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Ian Burkhart was 19 when he broke his neck, leaving him a quadriplegic, paralyzed and unable to move his upper body from the elbows down. Now, six years later, he can control his fingers enough to play the video game Guitar Hero. And it’s all thanks to a so-called neural bypass. Burkhart is the first person to undergo this procedure, reported by Battelle Memorial Institute and Ohio State University researchers in May in Nature. Ninety-six electrodes were implanted in his brain, and his ...
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