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Engineered spinal cord implants restore movement to paralysed mice – Physics World

Thursday, 24 February, 2022

Engineered spinal cord implants restore movement to paralysed mice – Physics World

Tissue engineering expert: Study leader Tal Dvir and colleagues have engineered 3D human spinal cord tissues and implanted them in mice with long-term paralysis. (Courtesy: Sagol Center for Regenerative Biotechnology)

 
Researchers in Israel have engineered functional human spinal cord implants that they say could be used to help those with spinal injuries walk again. The technique transforms human tissue from elsewhere in the body using a process that mimics the embryonic development of the spinal cord. The implants enabled 80% of mice with chronic paralysis to walk again.
Every year, as many as half-a-million people around the world suffer a spinal cord injury. The vast majority of these are caused by traumatic events in which a sudden blow fractures, dislocates, crushes or compresses one or more vertebrae, or an object penetrates the body and cuts the spinal cord. Such traumatic spinal cord injuries have a catastrophic impact on health and quality-of-life.
Read more at: https://physicsworld.com/a/engineered-spinal-cord-implants-restore-movement-to-paralysed-mice/

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