Scientists coax Brain Cells in Mice to Regenerate

by Paul Martin -

In research that may lead to new treatments for brain and spinal cord injuries, scientists have made some breakthroughs with mice.  They have found a way to get damaged nerve cells in their brains to repair themselves.

How did they do it?  They turned off proteins that keep nerve cell growth in check.  Doing so stimulated regrowth in mice with damaged optic nerves.

“This is the first time it has been possible to see such significant regeneration by manipulating single molecules,” Zhigang He of Children’s Hospital Boston, whose study appears in the journal Science, said in a statement.

A different team found that, when they blocked a protein that discourages cell repairs, it allowed nerve cells in lab dishes to regenerate.

With these findings combined, it lead to new ways to coax damaged nerves to fix themselves.

All of this is very exciting!

To read more on this fascinating new development, read the full story on Reuters!

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