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.”