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Robo-suit and virtual reality reverse some paralysis in people with spinal cord injuries

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An ambitious and controversial effort to train a small group of people with devastating spinal cord injuries to walk using robotic exoskeletons may have had an unanticipated but welcome side-effect: the restoration of some sensation and muscle control to the severely paralyzed participants. That’s the dramatic claim put forth today in a study published by a research team led by neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

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