Paws and play: gene treatment helps rats with spinal cord injury regain their nerve

Paws and play: gene treatment helps rats with spinal cord injury regain their nerve

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By: Ian Sample Science editor | Paws and play: gene treatment helps rats with spinal cord injury regain their nerve | Neuroscience | The Guardian

Hopes for injured humans and larger animals as groundbreaking gene therapy helps mend damaged nerves on the spine of rodents by dissolving scar tissue

Rats with spinal cord injuries have regained the use of their paws after being given a groundbreaking gene therapy that helps to mend damaged nerves in the spine.

The new therapy works by dissolving the dense scar tissue that forms a thick barrier between severed nerves when the spinal column is broken.

Related: Stunning gene therapy breakthrough driven by great dedication and graft | Robin McKie

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