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