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MIT Identifies Cells For Spinal-Cord Repair - Could Lead To Non-Surgical Treatment For Injuries

Posted Jul 23 2008 11:10pm

Link:MIT Identifies Cells For Spinal-Cord Repair - Could Lead To Non-Surgical Treatment For Injuries.

A researcher at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory has pinpointed stem cells within the spinal cord that, if persuaded to differentiate into more healing cells and fewer scarring cells following an injury, may lead to a new, non-surgical treatment for debilitating spinal-cord injuries.

The work, reported in the July issue of the journal PLoS (Public Library of Science) Biology, is by Konstantinos Meletis, a postdoctoral fellow at the Picower Institute, and colleagues at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Their results could lead to drugs that might restore some degree of mobility to the 30,000 people worldwide afflicted each year with spinal-cord injuries.

this is a great discovery hopefully it will lead to effective treatments



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