Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Bionic reconstruction of the upper limb

Newsnight on BBC2 had a feature on the work of Dr Oskar C. Aszmann this evening. The early successes of bionic arms were presented. A medical ethicist from Oxford was interviewed about the ethical challenges of this work.

Currently only non-functioning hands have been amputated. As the technology improves patients with functioning hands may request bionic arms for improved function. Paxman then interviewed a recipient. The hands are made by Touch Bionics in Scotland.

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