PacSci-Doku: "Spinal Repair" Answer

By Dennis Schatz - Senior Vice President for Strategic Programs

The question in this edition is:

What may someday compensate for an injured spinal cord?

The answer: Computers

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All you want to do is to pick up a glass of water. But what if you injured your spinal cord and the signals from your brain couldn't get to your hand? Scientists are now working on ways for your brain signals to go directly from your brain to a computer and then transfer the signals to your hand -- bypassing your spinal cord. It may not be too many years before these new systems, called brain-computer interfaces (BCI), will dramatically change the lives of people with spinal and brain injuries. You can learn more about this fascinating emerging technology in Minds and Machines, the latest exhibit now showing inside The Studio in Professor Wellbody's Academy Of Health & Wellness in Building 2 at Pacific Science Center.

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