With such techniques as the Research Institute of Chicago’s targeted muscle reinnervation and Defense Department funding for advanced mind-controlled prosthetic limbs, the global market for treating amputees is expanding fast, according to scientists and other experts. Össur, for example, says the prosthetic market for the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia is between $850 million and $950 million. "There's an incredible opportunity to help many, many millions of people around the world with this technology," said the RIC's Levi Hargrove. "We're allowing people to do things that in some cases they haven't done for years, decades even."

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