It has been revealed that a research was being conducted in which researchers were able to make monkeys move their paralyzed hands to catch and throw balls. Researcher Lee Miller from Chicago's Northwestern University was of the view that the study has given them a hope that similar kind of thing can be done among humans as well.
Lee said that human trials will occur, but not before the next five years. He explained that electrodes were implanted in brain and arms of monkeys and these implants helped monkeys to grasp and move ball, despite the fact that their arms were anaesthetized.
"This connection from brain to muscles might someday be used to help patients paralyzed due to spinal cord injury perform activities of daily living and achieve greater independence", said Lee.
Lee said that monkeys were initially trained for picking and throwing balls and were given rewards for the same. But it should be noted that they were not able to move balls perfectly. They are trying to improve the system and it will take some time to reach at the desired result.
It would not be wrong to say that the research will become an effective treatment for patients, who have been suffering from spinal injuries.