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New Implant Raises Hopes of Restoring Movement to Paralyzed Limbs

A new implant that can chemically and electrically stimulate nerve growth could one day make it possible for someone with a shattered spine to walk again. Conventional spinal implants cause inflammation and damage because they are too stiff to stay in the soft tissue surrounding the spine long enough to be effective. So bioengineer Stéphanie Lacour wondered whether making a softer implant would eliminate this mismatch between the implant and the body, bringing people closer to a cure...

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