Medicine: The Well-Trained Twitch

The sobersided research scientists from U.C.L.A.'s Biotechnology Laboratory seemed bent on a most unscientific study. They were unashamed students of the art of the belly dancer, devotees of the deft ecdysiast who can twirl her breasts in opposite directions. But Engineer-Psychologist John Lyman, Engineer Gershon Weltman and the others on the team were not indulging in offbeat recreation. The well-trained wiggles and jiggles of strippers, they figured, could be the salvation of malformed thalidomide babies, or of thousands of amputees. "Present technology is up to building a sophisticated artificial arm," says Dr....

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