Scientists at Northwestern University, Chicago, US, have developed a machine that is wired up to a lamprey’s brain which controls its movements and allows it to see and transmit instructions.


The scientists are studying how human and animal brains control movement and this, they believe, will lead to a better understanding of how research can aid the development of artificial limbs.

Professor Sandro Mussa-Ivaldi, head of the team that developed the robot, said, “This is trespassing on nature but scientists do that all the time. It’s worth it if it leads to new knowledge and better prosthetic limbs.”

Robotic arms and legs in the future could be controlled by the brains of those people who lost their limbs through accident or disease.