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Cell transplantation aids spinal cord repair in rats

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 11 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:670
  1. Xavier Bosch
  1. Barcelona

    A team of Spanish researchers has shown that transplantation of a specific type of glial cell in rats that became paraplegic after their spinal cords had been completely severed promotes functional recovery and regeneration of motor axons over a long distance (Neuron 2000;25:425-35).

    “This constitutes a dramatic functional improvement and anatomical repair after complete severance of the adult mammalian spinal cord,” said lead researcher Dr Almudena Ramón-Cueto of the Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa in Madrid, Spain.

    “Our results open doors in the search for a therapeutic procedure that might be useful in humans with spinal cord injuries and central nervous …

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