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Brain signals revive paralyzed muscles in monkeys

There are 3 comments on the story from Oct 15, 2008, titled Brain signals revive paralyzed muscles in monkeys. In it, reports that:

Monkeys taught to play a computer game were able to overcome wrist paralysis with an experimental device that might lead to new treatments for patients with stroke and spinal cord injury.

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#1 Oct 16, 2008
The brain is the first "Plug and Play" computer. The problem was always too many plugs and not enough receptacles or (game ports) if you will.

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#2 Oct 16, 2008
Whole thing sounds all nice a dandy doesnt it..
However, Since they gave the monkey these wrist paralysis. They then new what and where to look.
However, with a human and lets say with a spinal injury.. We cant tell really where or what area is effect. Just a mass area..
All though this is great noise for our monkeys..
Is a far cry from helping our fellow humans..
I wish them luck.

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#3 Oct 16, 2008
What the study is stating is that the brain will hardwire itself through any neuron to control a loss of innervation at the muscle. They just connected the muscle fibers to one neuron in the brain, and in a short amount of time it sent signals to move the muscle.

As mentioned, prior attempts were always made to define the original brain area that innervated the muscle. Now they find that almost any area can learn to fire the needed muscle.

Spinal cord injuries, as well as some brain damages would not be a block from rehabbing the physical body.

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