In a study published Nov. 9 in the journal Nature, scientists say they have successfully connected brain implants in the motor cortex to epidural stimulation electrode arrays in the lumbar spine of paralyzed monkeys via wireless technology. The brain-spine interface, when activated, enabled the monkeys to resume walking. Lead researcher Gregoire Courtine, who heads up an international team of scientists, claims this specific type of brain-spine interface is a first in spinal cord injury research.

Courtine, a neuroscientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, told NBC News, “This is the first time that neurotechnology (