Paralysed limbs revived by hacking into nerves


By MacGregor Campbell “THE leg wasn’t bouncing all over the table, but there were substantial twitches,” says Matthew Schiefer, a neural engineer at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Schiefer is describing an experiment in which pulses of electricity are used to control the muscles of an unconscious patient, as if they were a marionette. It represents the beginnings of a new generation of devices that he hopes will allow people with paralysed legs to regain control of their muscles and so be able to stand,
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