Geomagnetic Implant Gives Blind Rats New 'Sight'

April 5, 2015 9:49 AM

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In what’s being heralded by the scientific community as a potential breakthrough, a research team has demonstrated the potential for restoring basic ‘sight’ in blind laboratory rats. When the test subject were fitted with a small digital compass wired directly into their brains, they were then able to negotiate a specially designed maze with the same level of competence as fully-sighted rats.

A team from the University of Tokyo in Japan set out to discover just how flexible and adaptable the brain of a mammal has the potential to be when a wholly new and largely alien ‘sense’ is introduced, as a means by which to compensate for the loss of one of the primary senses.

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