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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Boosting Nerve Regeneration in Spinal Cord Injury with Axons

Spinal cord injury regeneration may be possible harnessing the brain repair mechanism known as axons, according to findings published in The Journal of Neuroscience.   



Researchers from University of South Carolina examined RNA function in order to test the ability of axons to aid regeneration of nerves. The team set out to find a way to bridge what they called the “regenerative gap” between the peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system.   

“If you injure a peripheral nerve, it will regenerate, spontaneously,” explained lead researcher Jeff Twiss in a press release. “It moves quite slowly, so it’s one of our objectives to speed it up, but it does regenerate. In contrast, with an injury to your spinal cord, it’s not going to regenerate.” 

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