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New stem cell gel applied to site of injury ‘can regenerate broken spinal cord nerves to an astonishing degree’ | Mail Online

September 18, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

A stem cell gel developed by scientists can regenerate broken spinal cord nerves, research has shown.

The gel is applied to the site of an injury. In rats with completely severed spinal cords, it produced an ‘astonishing degree’ of nerve growth, U.S. scientists said.

Treated animals which were previously paralysed experienced ‘significant’ functional improvement and were able to move all the joints of their affected legs.

Breakthrough: A stem cell gel developed by scientists can regenerate broken spinal cord nerves, research has shown

The gel was made by embedding neural stem cells in a mixture of blood clotting protein and growth chemicals.

Lead researcher Professor Mark Tuszynski, from the University of California at San Diego, said: ‘Using this method, after six weeks the number of axons (nerve fibres) emerging from the injury site exceeded by 200-fold what had ever been seen before.

‘The axons also grew ten times the length of axons in any previous study, and, importantly, the regeneration of these axons resulted in significant functional improvement.’

via New stem cell gel applied to site of injury ‘can regenerate broken spinal cord nerves to an astonishing degree’ | Mail Online.

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