Progress in science and medicine from Professor Reynolds’ Instapundit blog. A Tennessee law professor with a curious mind.
FASTER, PLEASE: Diabetic rats cured with their own stem cells. “A cure for diabetes could be sitting in our brains. Neural stem cells, extracted from rats via the nose, have been turned into pancreatic cells that can manufacture insulin to treat diabetes.”
GIVING PROSTHETICS a sense of touch. “Brain-machine interfaces have made it possible for monkeys and some humans to control robotic limbs using just their thoughts. But ideally, a person using an artificial limb or other device would not only be able to control the device, but also feel what it’s touching. A new study from the lab of Miguel Nicolelis at Duke University Medical Center takes a first step toward such an interface. In a paper published today in Nature, his team reports that monkeys can learn to operate a virtual-reality hand that incorporates tactile feedback.”
FASTER, PLEASE: Body suit may soon enable the paralyzed to walk.
Also, a Nobel Prize roundup