Replicating an Eel’s Nerve Circuitry May Aid Paralyzed

December 3, 2004 | Source: KurzweilAI

Researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland are unraveling the circuitry in an eel’s spinal cord to help develop a microchip implant that may someday help paralyzed people walk again.

The goal: a device that mimics signals sent by the brain and coaxes these nerve centers into sending “walking” instructions to muscles in a patient’s legs.

Johns Hopkins University news release