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|Monkeys and rats hooked up as "brainets" may lead to innovative treatments for Parkinson's, paralysis and more |
If someone has a damaged kidney, a donor can give them a spare organ so both people can live. Now, what if you could do something similar for a friend with a failing brain
In recent lab experiments, Miguel Nicolelis and his colleagues melded together the brains of multiple monkeys and rats to function as “brainets”—shared networks able to cooperatively manipulate a virtual arm and make calculations and decisions. Nicolelis hopes that linking human brains this way could unleash a powerful new suite of neurological tools that might help heal people with ailments from Parkinson's to paralysis.
“We are trying a completely new field of brain rehabilitation,” explains Nicolelis, director of Duke University's Center for Neuroengineering. “We are going to try to act on the circuits of the brain and actually improve the functional activity of the brain.”
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