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Octopus tentacles inspire better prosthetics for humans

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June 17, 2020

Octopus tentacles inspire better prosthetics for humans

The way an octopus moves its limbs may have a hand in helping humans who have lost the use of their own.

Michigan State University neuroscientist Galit Pelled and her team are studying a species of octopus to understand how its brain interacts with its tentacles in an effort to create "smart" prosthetics for people.

Pelled, director of the Neuroengineering Division at MSU's Institute for Quantitative Health Sciences and Engineering, believes this research could help create prosthetics humans can control with their brains, allowing them to regain use of their arms and hands.

"The octopus is amazing in many ways," Pelled says. "It has three hearts, blue-colored blood, it changes skin color for camouflaging and communication, and it completely regenerates its arms after injury. And now, it may give people reuse of their limbs."

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