The Talking Man: New Advances In Regenerative Medicine

A California native who wishes to be identified by his nickname, “Pancho”, is talking again after losing his speech in 2003 at the age of 20 in a terrible car crash that almost cost him his life. Through regenerative medicine, researchers have tapped into the speech areas of his brain allowing him to produce words and sentences simply by him trying to say them. These brain signals are recognized by electrodes that transmit messages to a computer which then displays Pancho’s intended words on a screen. The advance is farther than many ever imagined and opens the door to new discoveries that can be used to treat other brain injuries or conditions in which patients have insufficient muscle control to speak such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (A.L.S.) and cerebral palsy.

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