Monkeys can be possible cure for Paralysis?


Samantha Stewart, Staff Writer

Scientists are working to create an implant that can give the paralyzed an opportunity to be able to mobilize in a wheelchair. Currently, monkeys are the subject to testing in labs by having a chip attached to their brain that gives signals for the monkey to move. The monkey’s goal is to move towards a bowl of grapes, which has worked repeatedly. Over time, the monkeys were able to guide the wheelchair to the location easily, giving scientists hope that the experiment may work to help paralyzed patients.

To conduct the experiment, scientists implant a brain implant that can send brain signals to the computer, signaling it to move the wheelchair. The brain implant lasted in the monkeys for seven years, making it the longest lasting implant ever. Because of similarities with monkey and human DNA, this means the implant can last in humans as long or even longer than a decade. For humans, the implant was made into a pacemaker that stays in the chest, making the process safer.

The groundbreaking experiment has the potential to improve the lives of people struggling with diseases such as ALS, and any that leads to becoming paralyzed. With the chip, the patients can get out of bed and go about their day freely. Many people struggling with diseases leading them to become immobile have already requested to be a part of this experiment. Due to positive feedback, the experiments are believed to improve the lives successfully for thousands of people plagued with immobilizing diseases.