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Dr Geelo's comment bears repeating.
You have to be really careful how you characterize Mr Reynolds' achievement. You wrote:
He was paralyzed. He researched neuroscience. Created a company. Tested a new surgical procedure on himself. He walked again.
That's not what happened.
Mr Reynolds was partially paralyzed. He researched his affliction and ran across studies that showed that intensive physical therapy could result in progress. He went from thrice-weekly, 45-minute sessions, to daily, hours-long sessions. That's what got him to where he is today. The research he did led to a career that eventually put him in touch with MIT and Harvard researchers, with whom he's founded a company that is now (hopefully) moving to human clinical trials in 2011.
He NEVER used his company's technique on himself. What keeps him going is his resolve to eventually use the technique on himself when it is approved.
Read this article from Inc. published earlier this year:
Hope springs eternal from any advances in medicine. But you do a disservice when you characterize advances incorrectly. Reynolds' company, "InVivo", deserves to succeed. Please don't depth-charge their efforts through less-than-thorough reportage.
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