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Full article: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-10-body-enable-paralyzed.html

In a busy lab at Duke University, Dr. Miguel Nicolelis is merging brain science with engineering in a bid to create something fantastical: a full-body prosthetic device that would allow those immobilized by injury to walk again.

On Wednesday, Nicolelis and an international group of collaborators declared that they had cleared a key hurdle on the path toward that goal, demonstrating they could bypass the body's complex network of nerve endings and supply the sensation of touch directly to the brains of monkeys.

Nicolelis and his collaborators - engineers, neuroscientists and physiologists from Brazil, Switzerland, Germany and the United States - are working toward an ambitious objective: On the opening day of the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil, they hope to send a young quadriplegic striding out to midfield to open the games, suited up in the "prosthetic exoskeleton" they aim to build.
 

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This type of research is really cool, however this is so far out there that I don't think we can expect to see anything remotely close to full sensory restoration. I have yet to take neuro anat/phys, but there are so many extremely fine pathways for information to travel, outside of young children who's brains could adapt and create new pathways for information, it would be insanely difficult to "hook up" everything correctly so that say when the machine feels a the vibrations/pressures of a rough surface on the right side of the tip of the index finger, next to the joint, that the brain would sense this correctly as apposed to say a pin prick there, or a similar sensation on the left side, or whatever.
 
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