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Inserting the device through a vein means patients will avoid brain surgery, reducing any risks involved in the procedure as well as cutting the time required in hospital with the technique requiring only a day procedure.

Prof. Terrence O'Brien, of the Royal Melbourne Hospital , is overseeing the project made up of 39 neurologists and biomedical engineers from the hospital, Melbourne University and the Howard Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

"It's the holy grail for research in bionics," O'Brien said in a research article published in nature biotechnology.

O'Brien said while patients would initially have to be taught to think about moving their bionic limbs, over time the thoughts should become subconscious.

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The first human trials of the device will take place in patients with lower-limb paralysis first as they have the most to gain from the device.

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