Saturday, June 16, 2012

Paralyzed Rats Walk Again

A few people have sent me articles about a study in Switzerland in which rats had their spinal cords cut, but then were able to walk following an intense "rehab" including electrical and chemical stimulation (Reuters article). It's an interesting and promising development; the research focuses on reconnecting the brain to nerves below the injury by making new connections through what remains of the spinal cord in an incomplete injury. The scientists are hoping to start human trials in the next couple of years.


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