Stem Cells Reverse Spinal Injury In Animals

February 16, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – Researchers have successfully used stem-cells to reverse spinal cord damage in laboratory tests, a huge step in what scientists hope is one of many steps that will revolutionize the way spinal injuries are treated.

The cells were transplanted into injured animals, which were able to then heal more then ten times faster then healthy animals. It is a huge result, and one that researchers on the project feel prove the need for further study within the field.

“The human body contains the tools to repair damaged spinal cords. Our work clearly demonstrates that we need both adult and embryonic stem cells to understand our body and apply this knowledge in regenerative medicine,” Miodrag Stojkovic, co-author of the study, explained.

“There are mechanisms in our body which need to be studied in more detail since they could be mobilized to cure spinal cord injuries.”


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