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Curing Paralysis--Again

An article by Rob Stein on the front page of today’s  Washington Post (May 20, 2011) announces a stunning breakthrough treatment for paralysis that has transformed the life of a man who was paralyzed in a car accident.  The successful experimental treatment involves electrical stimulation of his damaged spinal cord through implanted electrodes.  Scientists are still not exactly sure how it works, but it does.  For one individual reading this article, this breakthrough was very old news—more than 27 years old.  In the early 1980’s a researcher had performed similar experiments on rats...

May 20, 2011 — R. Douglas Fields
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