Spinal cord injury: Human cells derived from stem cells restore movement in animal models

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 22:20 in Health & Medicine

Scientists have discovered that a specific type of human cell, generated from stem cells and transplanted into spinal cord injured rats, provide tremendous benefit, not only repairing damage to the nervous system but helping the animals regain locomotor function as well. The study focuses on human astrocytes -- the major support cells in the central nervous system -- and indicates that transplantation of these cells represents a potential avenue to treat spinal cord injuries.

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