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Prosthetic leg controlled by thoughts

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Science has made many things possible that once could only be thought of as science fiction. This latest milestone comes from the New England Journal of Medicine.

According to the journal, amputees can now use their thoughts to move a robotic leg.

Zac Vawter had his lower leg and knee amputated in 2009 after a motorcycle accident. During that surgery, doctors re-routed nerves from the damaged muscles to a healthy hamstring muscle above the knee.

Now those nerves can intercept his thoughts when he is trying to move his leg. So by using thought signals, instead of a remote control, amputees now have an easier way to reposition a prosthetic leg.

The journal says there are still a few flaws to be worked out, but researchers are hoping to make these thought controlled bionic legs available to veterans and civilians for in-home testing within the next 5 years.

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