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Piercing a tongue, in the name of mobility

from The New York Times

Martin Mireles says his mother was not happy with his tongue piercing: It didn't fit his image as a former church youth leader. But as Mireles told her, it was for research. Paralyzed from a spinal cord injury since he was shot in the neck almost two decades ago, he was recently fitted with a magnetic stud that allows him to steer his wheelchair with his tongue. Now he is helping researchers at the Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago with a clinical trial of the technology, being financed with almost $1 million in federal stimulus funds. more

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