Stem Cell Research - Spinal Cord Injury
Repaired By New Type of Stem Cells - New Type of Cells Repair Injuries
April 27th 2006
Researchers have found that transplanting a certain type of immature
support cell from the central nervous system could regenerate more than
60% of the nerves that are damaged after a spinal cord injury.
Amazingly, two thirds of the nerve fibers grew all the way through the
injury sites eight days later.
This is more promising than previous research, according to the
University of Rochester researchers in New York. Rats that received the
cell transplants also walked normally after two weeks.
Researchers from the Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y., in
collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, focused on a new
cell type that appears to have the capability of repairing the adult