'Bionic' spinal implant helped paralysed rats walk

Electronic dura mater for long-term multimodal neural interfaces

Still in the early stages, but what a neat project!

This is promising research that demonstrates how a new spinal cord implant has been able to restore movement in paralysed rats. 

The e-dura implant is a breakthrough in that it overcomes a lot of the problems presented by previous rigid and inflexible implants. Instead, it is made of a flexible material that is able to integrate with spinal cord tissue. 

The study demonstrated long-term functionality in rats and few side effects over the six-week testing period.


(I also absolutely love the way NHS reports on research! 5 important questions, a conclusion, and reference links!)