Researchers say that a brand-new treatment has cured mice of paralysis after just four weeks of treatment, according to a release from Northwestern Now.
Citing scientific findings — which were published in journal Science on Thursday — researchers at Northwestern University stated that new injectable gel therapy is allowing previously paralyzed mice to walk again.
Scientists say that the groundbreaking gel, which is said to use synthetic nanofibers in order to mimic the natural environment around the spinal cord, is able to communicate with organic cells to promote regeneration.
A press release from Northwestern Now states, “Researchers found that intensifying the motion of molecules within the nanofibers led to greatly improved repair after injury.”
“Cell receptors are in constant motion, so rapidly moving ‘dancing molecules’ can more effectively hit these moving targets,” the release continued. “In an animal study, the therapy successfully regenerated axons of the cord’s neurons, reduced scar tissue, promoted myelin growth, triggered blood vessel formation, and helped motor neurons survive.”
— Northwestern Engineering (@NorthwesternEng) November 11, 2021
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