This is really encouraging news for those trapped inside their own bodies and their families.
Patients with absolutely no control over their body have finally been able to communicate, say scientists. A brain-computer interface was used to read the thoughts of patients to answer basic yes-or-no questions. One man was able to repeatedly refuse permission for his daughter to get married. The study on four patients in Germany- published in PLOS Biology - also showed they were happy despite the effects of being "locked-in". The patients all had advanced forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, in which the brain loses the ability to control muscles.