By Alex Fitzpatrick
March 3, 2016

Sometimes it’s okay for scientists to monkey around. That’s particularly true of Dr. Miguel Nicolelis of Duke University, whose team has published research showing they’ve found a way to enable monkeys to control a wheelchair with the power of their thoughts.

While Nicolelis’ team could seemingly use their findings to build a fleet of bionic super-primates, their true goal is a more noble one: Finding ways to help paralyzed people regain their mobility with the help of artificial limbs.

Here’s the abstract of the study, published March 3 in the journal Scientific Reports:

[H/T Gizmodo]

Write to Alex Fitzpatrick at alex.fitzpatrick@time.com.

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