UPMC/Pitt Health Sciences

Brain chip restores paralyzed man’s sense of touch

A man who lost mobility and feeling in his lower arms and legs in a car crash got a second chance thanks to an implant in the region of his brain that controls touch, Cosmos reports. When the chip was activated and researchers gently placed cotton swabs to his skin without him hearing or seeing, he reported “possibly natural” sensations in part of his palm and the base of four fingers—93% of the time, according to the paper published in Science Translational Medicine. The advantage of the way researchers conducted the study was the fact that the patient could tell them exactly how it felt, an outside researcher told Cosmos