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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Engineered tissue containing human stem cells has allowed paraplegic rats to walk independently and regain sensory perception. The implanted rats also show some degree of healing in their spinal cords. The research, published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, demonstrates the great potential of stem cells -- undifferentiated cells that can develop into numerous different types of cells -- to treat spinal cord injury.

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Spinal cord injuries often lead to paraplegia. Achieving substantial recovery following a complete spinal cord tear, or transection, is an as-yet unmet challenge.

Led by Dr. Shulamit Levenberg, of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, the researchers implanted human stem cells into rats with a complete spinal cord transection. The stem cells, which were derived from the membrane lining of the mouth, were induced to differentiate into support cells that secrete factors for neural growth and survival.

The work involved more than simply inserting stem cells at various intervals along the spinal cord. The research team also built a three-dimensional scaffold that provided an environment in which the stem cells could attach, grow and differentiate into support cells. This engineered tissue was also seeded with human thrombin and fibrinogen, which served to stabilize and support neurons in the rat's spinal cord.

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Go, my minions! Heal the Earth!

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-19 11:03 AM | Reply

Thank Gawd think of all the handicapped Rats this will help.

#2 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-11-20 02:10 AM | Reply

Apply this to humans. Otherwise, it means nothing..

#3 | Posted by boaz at 2017-11-20 11:10 AM | Reply

Apply this to humans. Otherwise, it means nothing..
#3 | Posted by boaz

Yet another republican who doesn't understand how science works.

#4 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-11-20 11:26 AM | Reply

Engineered tissue containing human stem cells

Oh well, wont help any American paraplegics.

#5 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-11-20 11:27 AM | Reply

Getting the legs working is a pretty big goal.

I'd want my dick to work first, and if that's all I got out of it, well done.

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-20 06:41 PM | Reply

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