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Paralysed Rats Give Hope Of Cure For Humans

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Sky News

Thomas Moore

June 01, 2012

 

Dramatic video of paralysed rats walking and even climbing stairs has given new hope of a cure for people with spinal cord injuries.

 

Swiss scientists were able to stimulate nerves to grow around damage in the spinal cord, restoring movement in the animals' hind legs.

 

"Our rats have become athletes when just weeks before they were completely paralysed," Dr Gregoire Courtine of the EPFL research group in Lausanne said.

 

"I am talking about 100% recuperation of voluntary movement."

 

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