Researchers reverse dog paralysis
There’s promising news for dogs with spinal cord injuries.
In a clinical trial at the U.K.’s Cambridge University, researchers were able to reverse paralysis in several dogs by removing cells from the lining of their noses, growing them in a laboratory for several weeks, then transplanting them into the damaged part of the spinal cord.
The transplanted cells regenerated nerve fibers across the damaged region, enabling the dogs to regain the use of their hind legs and coordinate movement with their front legs, according to the study, which was published in the journal Brain.May Hay, whose 10-year-old dachshund, Jasper, was part of the trial, had to wheel her pet around because his “back legs were useless. Now he whizzes around the house and garden and is able to keep up with the other dogs. It's wonderful." — Watch it at BBC News
Photo: BBC News // Jasper, a 10-year-old dog, regained the use of his hind legs after a nose cell transplant.
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