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Cortical-based neuroprosthetics: when less may be more

Combined population activity is usually used to control neural prosthetics. A recent study in Nature finds that a single primary motor cortex neuron can control the artificial stimulation of paralyzed wrist muscles to move a computer cursor.

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Figure 1: Potential design of a cortical-based prosthetic to re-animate a paralyzed limb.

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Scott, S. Cortical-based neuroprosthetics: when less may be more. Nat Neurosci 11, 1245–1246 (2008).

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