• Credit: Caltech

Connecting the Dots

Like the fiber-optic network beneath a teeming metropolis, a labyrinth of neurons sends signals up, down, and across your body. This marvelously complex system helps us to see stunning sunsets, hear brilliant symphonies, and achieve athletic feats—things that most people take for granted until there is a break in the matrix. Accidents, injuries, and degenerative disease can easily render the eyes sightless, the ears deaf, and limbs paralyzed by disconnecting neural pathways.

At Caltech, researchers are working on innovative ways to restore nerve functions via implantable devices.

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Written by Katie Neith