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Paralyzed rats walk again

A team of scientists have used a robotic harness and chemical stimulation to allow paralyzed rats to walk again. 

After severing the spinal cords of 27 rats, neuroscientist Grégoire Courtine and his team injected the rats with a cocktail of chemicals, then used electrical impulses to stimulate nerves. The rats were then trained to use their hind legs with the help of a robotic harness. After several weeks of this physical therapy, the rats regrew nerves to bridge the gap between the damaged area of their spinal cords.

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This entry was posted on September 24, 2012 by in Weird nature, Weird technology.

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