kumquatq3 Posted September 20, 2006 Share Posted September 20, 2006 First bionic woman can feel it when people shake her prosthetic handCHICAGO (AFP) - It's the stuff of science fiction: a prosthetic arm that can be moved just by thinking about it and that can feel heat and the pressure of a handshake. It became a reality for US Marine Claudia Mitchell two years after she lost her arm to a motorcycle, researchers said last week. The bionic arm is controlled by rerouting nerves in Mitchell's shoulder to healthy muscles in her chest. This targeted muscle reinnervation directs the signals once sent to the amputated arm to the robotic arm via surface electrodes that respond to Mitchell's thoughts. "Before the surgery, I doubted that I would ever be able to get my life back," said the 26-year-old Mitchell, who has become the world's first bionic woman. "But this arm and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago have allowed me to return to a life that is more rewarding and active than I ever could have imagined," she said. "I am happy, confident and independent." The first major advancement in prosthetics since World War II, the bionic arm allows amputees a significantly higher level of functionality. They can open jars, reach up to high shelves and dress themselves with more ease. http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060918/hl_af...ic_060918132319 OMGZ!@!@ We need to rip it off and throw it into a pool of molten magma! It's the only way! Come with me if you want to live! Also, on a semi related note, I can't wait for Ron Jeremy to die http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060919/ap_on_...enis_transplant Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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