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Reversing Paralysis: “Dancing Molecules” Can Fix Spinal Cord Injuries – SciTechDaily

Sunday, 14 August, 2022

Reversing Paralysis: “Dancing Molecules” Can Fix Spinal Cord Injuries – SciTechDaily

The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates that roughly 300,000 Americans today live with a spinal cord injury.

 
Following a novel treatment developed with the help of the Advanced Photon Source, paralyzed mice can now “walk” once again.

The Science Behind the Treatment

A new injectable treatment for spinal cord injury makes use of specially created molecules that prompt spinal cells to respond by healing. The scientists used X-ray characterization at the Advanced Photon Source (APS). This allowed the scientists to ascertain the structure of these molecules as they combined to create small fibers in a liquid solution.

These fibers’ motion may be controlled by scientists, making it possible for the fibers to interact with the spinal cells more effectively.

Read more at: https://scitechdaily.com/reversing-paralysis-dancing-molecules-can-fix-spinal-cord-injuries/

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