The nerve of it all

 
Published: Tuesday 28 February 1995

-- European scientists claim that a new generation of artificial limbs that are controlled by the brain and similar to a "natural" extension of the body may soon become a reality.

Says Paolo Dario, head of a consortium of research institutions from 4 European countries called INTER, "Our goal is to develop an implantable connector, capable of interfacing a nerve of the human nervous system to an external device, such as an artificial limb. Our research has indicated that the nerve regenerates in a satisfactory and a reliable way through the neural connectors developed by us." Efforts are now on to stimulate the nerves to coordinate the movement of the artificial limb.

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