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Study Provides an Early Recipe for Rewiring Spinal Cords

NIH-funded preclinical results suggest returning nerve cells to a younger state could aid in repair
Bethesda, Maryland—(ENEWSPF)—August 31, 2018
Contact: Carl P. Wonders, Ph.D.
For many years, researchers have thought that the scar that forms after a spinal cord injury actively prevents damaged neurons from regrowing. In a study of rodents, scientists supported by the National Institutes of Health showed they could overcome this barrier and reconnect severed spinal cord nerves by turning back the neurons’ clocks to put them into an early growth state. Once this occurs . . .

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