Paralysed Rats Given Hope by Flexible Spinal Implant Cure

By Gary Cutlack on at

A combination of electrical and chemical stimulation on some paralysed rats has returned their ability to move, thanks in part to a flexible, embedded implant, built to sit atop the spinal cord.

The e-Dura implant has been designed to live inside bodies for a sustained period of time, in close proximity to the the surface of the brain or spinal cord where it can aid transmissions of nerve signals. The developer focused on the elasticity of the implant, meaning it can sit inside the body and bend and flex in a similar fashion to our existing bits -- reducing inflammation and the possibility of rejection. [EPFL via Engadget]