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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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Thoughts Control Robotic Hand

By | December 17, 2012

Researchers develop a mind-controlled, prosthetic hand for a quadriplegic patient.

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Self-Healing Electronic Skin

By | November 14, 2012

A new type of pressure-sensitive self-healing plastic could be used as synthetic skin to allow people with prosthetic limbs to feel.

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Missing Touch

By | September 1, 2012

Bionic fingers. Rewired nerves. Science fiction becomes reality as scientists attempt to give prosthetics a sense of touch.

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Robo Touch

By | September 1, 2012

Because of a lack of touch, upper-limb prosthetic users must look at their prosthetic hands the whole time they use them. Unfortunately, the prosthetics research community has put most of its efforts into making arms with wider ranges of motion and m

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