New Research Is Allowing Paralyzed Mice To Walk Again

In an amazing breakthrough, scientists have used nanofibers to heal spinal cord injuries in mice. This new treatment, once tested on humans, could lead to a cure for paralysis.

Spinal cords are not very good at healing themselves, even through injections of stem cells, proteins or modified genes. The mice were instead given the nanofibers, in an extracellular helix, containing peptides to promote nerve regeneration.

After four weeks, the mice given the nanofibers were able to walk again, while the mice give placebo shots were not. Trials could begin on humans as early as next year.

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