Scientists have created a “remote control” mice, using an electronic implant technology gives the ability to paralyze the animal to walk.
Scientists use remote control chip implanted paralyzed mice walk, or the technology to help humans to walk again.
According to foreign media reports, scientists have created a “remote control” mice, using an electronic implant technology gives the ability to paralyze the animal to walk. Scientists claim that “This research may be able to help some people paralyzed by spinal cord injury rehabilitation treatment, so they walk more naturally.”
Test mice spinal cord has been cut back in the middle, the brain signals can not pass the lower spinal cord, but was able to transmit through neurosurgical implants current to the spinal cord, allowing them to walk on a treadmill. Scientists can be controlled by changing the electrical operation of the mouse. Experiments in mice successfully taken one thousand steps, and challenge a variety of heights and lengths of stairs.
Professor Gregoire Courtine Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, is principal investigator of this study, he said; “We have full control of the mouse hind legs it has not at liberty to control their own limbs, but we can re-activate the severed spinal cord. and to allow mice to stimulate natural walking and we can walk forward real-time control mice ways and leg height. “
This study is part of Europe. “Nervous walking” project, the project plan will be tested early next year in the summer in the human patient. Scientists designed a user-friendly device used for clinical trials. Similarly, Dr. Silvestro Micera Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, also said, “We can use these simple nervous system findings to develop more efficient neural prosthetic technology and we believe that this technology will greatly improve sooner or later those who suffered neurological disorder quality of life of communities. “
Dr. Jarrod Bailey from the UK, “the abolition of vivisection” organization, but then this study were condemned, he said: “experiment mice will suffer unimaginable, the public will not support such research, and cut off the spine so that the animals Animals can not simulate the situation of paralysis of spinal cord injury caused by long-term effects on humans. “