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Will gene therapy cure paralyzed mice and eventually humans?

Designer cytokine makes paralyzed mice walk again
Date:
January 15, 2021
Source:
Ruhr-University Bochum
Summary:
Using gene therapy, a research team has succeeded in getting mice to walk again after a complete cross-sectional injury. The nerve cells produced the curative protein themselves.

To date, paralysis resulting from spinal cord damage has been irreparable. With a new therapeutic approach, scientists have succeeded for the first time in getting paralyzed mice to walk again. The keys to this are the protein hyper-interleukin-6, which stimulates nerve cells to regenerate, and the way it is supplied to the animals.
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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/01/210115110306.htm

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Kravenhead
Early results certainly sound promising.
It would be wonderful if it restored old damaged axons as well as recent ones.
So far they've only tested this in mice, so I assume it will be awhile yet before they try it on humans.
I really hope it works.
I can't imagine what it would be like being confined to a chair.

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Kravenhead
41 day(s) ago
I'm sure it isn't.

philosopher
41 day(s) ago
My husband has Stenosis. Not pleasant.

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