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Retinal Film Detects Light

By | November 13, 2014

A new light-sensitive nanotube-based film could pave the way to more flexible and durable retinal implants.

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Neuroprosthetics

By , , and | November 1, 2014

Linking the human nervous system to computers is providing unprecedented control of artificial limbs and restoring lost sensory function.

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Smarter Prostheses

By | October 10, 2014

Artificial limbs and their wearers achieve more sensitive communication thanks to engineering advances.

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Prosthetics Pioneer Dies

By | June 3, 2014

Melvin Glimcher, inventor of the prostethic “Boston Arm,” which moves in response to electrical signals from the wearer, has passed away at age 88.

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FDA Approves Prosthetic Arm

By | May 14, 2014

The agency OKs the first prosthetic arm controlled by neural signals from the user’s muscles.

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Cochlear Implant Gene Therapy

By | April 23, 2014

The surgically implanted device can be tweaked to provide short electric bursts that send a nerve-growing gene into local cells, a study on guinea pigs shows.

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DARPA Puts Biotech at the Fore

By | April 4, 2014

The U.S. Department of Defense is solidifying its focus on the life sciences with a new division of biotechnology.  

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Monkey Mind Control

By | February 19, 2014

The brain activity of one monkey dictated movements of a second, sedated animal, a study shows.

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Week in Review: February 3–7

By | February 7, 2014

Federal stem cell regulations vary; Salmonella exploit host immune system; microglia help maintain synaptic connections; prosthesis re-creates feeling of touch

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Prosthesis Re-creates Sensation of Touch

By | February 5, 2014

A man whose hand and lower arm were amputated could sense shapes and stiffness and modulate the force of his grasp using a prosthetic hand that was temporarily wired to nerves in his upper arm.

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