SEARCH FOR SCI CURE: Yes, we share a common gene with salamander promoting spinal cord regeneration


OK, we simply don’t know how far science will go in the pursuit of finding a cure for spinal cord injury but this latest discovery wins the cake. Scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have identified gene "partners" in the axolotl salamander that, when activated, allow the neural tube and associated nerve fibers to functionally regenerate after severe spinal cord damage. Interestingly, these genes are also present in humans, though they are activated in a different manner.

This was all part of their work to solve the mystery of why some vertebrates can regenerate their spinal cords while others, including humans, create scar tissue after spinal cord injury, leading to lifelong damage. You can read the full details HERE.