There are numerous factors that influence the inability to restore movement or autonomous bodily control to those who suffer a spinal cord injury. A prominent example of these is the inability to cultivate new neurons that make up and power the spinal cord. However, some researchers have claimed that they have successfully induced ‘generic’ human stem cells to differentiate into stem cells that apply more specifically to the spine.
The scientists behind this project hope that future work on this model could lead to the application of their cells to next-generation regenerative medicine that focuses on the spine and how to repair it after injury or damage.
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