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Biotech Innovations
August 14, 2018

Prosthetic Limbs Given Proprioception

JAMA. 2018;320(6):539. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.10869

A pioneering surgery could give people with amputated limbs something they’ve been missing in their prosthetic limbs: proprioception.

Today, “people with amputated limbs cannot feel the position, speed, and torque of their prosthetic joints without looking at them, making it difficult to control their movement,” said Hugh Herr, PhD, the study’s principal investigator and a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Laboratory in Cambridge.