Device controlled by a new kind of computer program translates natural brain activity used to move our limbs into commands.

This article titled “Mind over matter helps paralysed woman control robotic arm” was written by Ian Sample, science correspondent, for The Guardian on Monday 17th December 2012 01.00 UTC

A woman who is paralysed from the neck down has stunned doctors with her extraordinary skill at using a robotic arm that is controlled by her thoughts alone.

The 52-year-old patient, called Jan, lost the use of her limbs more than 10 years ago to a degenerative disease that damaged her spinal cord. The disruption to her nervous system was the equivalent to having a broken neck.

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