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By electrically stimulating the motor neurons of rats that have spinal-cord injury, in bursts that are attuned to the times at which the neurons receive voluntary motor commands, the animals' recovery can be improved.

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Figure 1: Precisely timed spinal-cord stimulation.

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The author is co-founder and Interim CEO of NeuraLink Technologies, LLC, which is performing research and development on similar technologies.

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Nudo, R. Boost for movement. Nature 527, 314–315 (2015).

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