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Researchers reverse dog paralysis

There’s promising news for dogs with spinal cord injuries.

By Vetstreet Nov 20, 2012 3:41PM

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. 

Photo: BBC News // Jasper, a 10-year-old dog, regained the use of his hind legs after a nose cell transplant.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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Nov 21, 2012 7:36PM
How in the world would someone have ever come up with this idea? "Hey, lets take cells out of the nose and stuff them into a spinal cord injury!"

That is either inspired genius, or certifiable insanity. But who can argue with success! Well done.

Nov 21, 2012 7:13PM

Imagine the future for our veterans and peoples all over the world.

Just a thought for all those right wing religious fanatics who threatened  Bush and the other gutless politicians from pursiuing stem cell research.




Nov 21, 2012 7:05PM

If this translates to humans then the furor over using cells from fetuses can end.

Nov 21, 2012 7:01PM
wow!thats all i can think-imagine all the lifes this could change!but  be  prepared to get raped if you are treated this(   no pun )  will probably cost a arm and a leg!
Nov 21, 2012 6:58PM
Wonderful!  Dachshunds are notorious for this kind of spinal injury, which is probably why they chose them for testing.  I don't think they are far away from treating humans in a similar way. 
Nov 21, 2012 6:55PM
The most wonderful news to me today.
Congratulation Doc.
I think the "controversial" element of stem cell research has involved the use of fetal tissue.  I also think tha nearly 100% of people (including politicians and church leaders) have been supportive of using one's own tissues. Problem is, supporters of stem cell research keep returning to fetal tissue discussion and don't seperate the discussion.  Baby steps people.  Let's look at the type of transplant discussed in this article and its applications which I think everyone supports and stop taking the discussion to extremes thus tainting and killing the ENTIRE process.  I myself have been a benefactor of tissue transplant albeit tissues from my own body so I am speaking a bit from experience here. I'm not saying remove the fetal tissue element entirely, I'm just saying there ARE alternatives that we can get up up and running very soon before we settle the whole "life does/does not start at conception" argument BEFORE any real progress in this can be made.
Nov 21, 2012 6:49PM
The U.K. has been doing this for years it needs to be used on humans I know if I was paralyzed I would want get it done.
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