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Paralysed rats 'learn to walk'

Postby weakmagneto on May 31st, 2012, 11:26 pm 

31 May 2012 Last updated at 14:19 ET
By James Gallagher
Health and science reporter, BBC News

Paralysed rats have been able to walk again after their spinal cords were bathed in chemicals and zapped with electricity, scientists have shown.

An injury to the spinal cord stops the brain controlling the body.

The study, in the journal Science, showed injured rats could even learn to sprint with spinal stimulation.

Experts said it was an "exceptional study" and that restoring function after paralysis "can no longer be dismissed as a pipedream".

In 2011, a man from Oregon in the US was able to stand up again while his spinal cord was stimulated with electricity. Rob Summers had been paralysed from the chest down after being hit by a car.

Now researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology say they have restored far more movement in rats which became able to run and climb stairs.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18257077
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Re: Paralysed rats 'learn to walk'

Postby BioWizard on June 4th, 2012, 1:35 pm 

This is cool and certainly gives hope to SCI research. However, I should say that this study doesn't cure SCI inasmuch as it tries to find a workaround. We still need to solve the fundamental problem of SCI that leads to paralysis, that is the failure of CNS axons to regenerate.
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Postby weakmagneto on June 4th, 2012, 1:57 pm 

I definitely think it is exciting research and hope they succeed in finding the solution. Great to know there is research going on in this area. Thanks for the clarification! :)
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Re: Paralysed rats 'learn to walk'

Postby BioWizard on June 5th, 2012, 12:04 am 

weakmagneto wrote:Great to know there is research going on in this area.


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