A Technological Breakthrough for Spinal Cord Injuries

Scientists have unveiled a new piece of technology which could bring hope to thousands of people who are paralysed through Spinal Cord Injury.

The team of French scientists have developed a prosthetic which has been tested on rats. The technology consists of a thin prosthetic ribbon which is embedded with a set of electrodes. The prosthetic is then fixed along the spinal cord and delivers a series of electrical impulses which have stimulated the nerves causing the rat's legs to move.

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It is difficult to say at this stage if this trial on rats will ever be successfully replicated on humans at a price that will make it a viable option for the many people who are currently unable to walk because of a spinal cord injury. This is, however, another example in a series of recent technological breakthroughs that suggest that very slowly some progress is being made.