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"As a physician," said Harvard's Leigh R. Hochberg, lead author of the Nature paper and a principal investigator in this pilot trial, "I do whatever I can to optimize the recovery of patients with paralyzing disorders such as stroke, spinal cord injury or neuromuscular disease. The available assistive technologies, however, provide neither sufficient independence nor mobility.

"Thanks to the generosity and pioneering spirit of our initial trial participants, who have volunteered without expecting to derive any personal benefit, important progress is being made in developing a real-time neuromotor prosthesis," Hochberg said. "Though much work remains to be done, hopefully one day, I'll be able to say: 'We have a technology that will allow you to move again.'"


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