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Biotech Innovations
June 11, 2019

Synthesizing Speech From Brain Activity

JAMA. 2019;321(22):2155. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.7064

Writing in Nature, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) described a system that synthesizes intelligible speech from brain activity recorded during speaking or mimed speaking. Although their study involved people without speech impairments, the technology could be a stepping stone toward restoring communication for people with stroke, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or other neurological disorders that impede speech, the researchers said.