Get a heads-up on the future with pioneering brain technologies

Metro

A new report investigates the latest brain treatments – but do they really offer hope for those with motor-neurone and psychiatric diseases?

Technologies that wire up the brain and spark it into life conjure up scenes of Frankenstein’s monster. But they could prove a breakthrough for those suffering from a range of conditions from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s to Tourette’s, anorexia and severe depression – and could even control a wheelchair or prosthetic limbs.

However, such developments come with a note of caution.

Prof Nikolas Rose of King’s College London is principally concerned with the lack of testing. He is the author of Neuro: The New Brain Sciences And The Management Of The Mind and a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, which is compiling a report on neurotechnologies.

The report, due out in September, covers deep brain stimulation (DBS), brain-computer interfaces (BCI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and neuronal replacement therapy…

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