Cue the drums and sound effects: We can rebuld him…we have the technology. We can make him better than he was…better, stronger, faster.
It sounds like the stuff of science fiction.
But scientists really have found a way to give amputees bionic limbs.
Experts at University College London are working on a technique to fuse skin to metal.
Before the discovery, known as Intraosseous Transcutaneous Amputation Prosthesis (ITAP), binding metallic limbs with skin was too dangerous because of infection.
But scientists say they have overcome this and believe ITAP may enable doctors to give amputees fully functioning bionic limbs which are linked to the patient’s nervous system within five years.
UCL experts discovered the technique after observing how skin moulds naturally around deers’ antlers.
The method involves attaching a metal implant to bone so it sticks out of the skin. Prostheses can then be attached to the device and controlled by the patient’s own thoughts.
Surgeons are thought to have successfully operated on a handful of amputees including two victims of the 7/ 7 bombings in London.