Chinese Scientists Experiment With Remote Control Of Animals.
Scientists with the Robot Engineering Technology Research Center of east China's Shandong University of Science and Technology say they implanted micro electrodes in the brain of a pigeon so they can command it to fly right or left or up or down.
The implants stimulated different areas of the pigeon's brain according to signals sent by the scientists via computer, and forced the bird to comply with their commands.
It's the first such successful experiment on a pigeon in the world, said the chief scientist Su Xuecheng. The electronic signals resemble the signals generated by the brain which control body movement, said Su.
Su and his colleagues are improving the devices used in the experiment and hope that the technology can be put into practical use in future.
Su conducted a similar successful experiment on mice in 2005. (www.chinaview.cn)
***** I'm sure that such novel experiments will ultimately benefit human beings suffering from a vast range of neurological disorders. Trailblazing research has often led to an array of almost 'miraculous' remedies in the past and there is no reason to doubt that the future will be even better.
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