This major breakthrough in neural regeneration, and in science overall made me elated to say the least. Darek Fidyka had his spinal cord completely severed from a stab-wound 2 years ago that left him paralyzed. It left an 8 mm gap in the spinal cord that effectively disconnected the CNS (central nervous system).
This shows the possibility of impossibility. There is always a solution, a way- you just have to search for it and you’ll find it eventually. 🙂
Prof Geoff Raisman, chair of neural regeneration at University College London’s Institute of Neurology, led the UK research team.He said what had been achieved was “more impressive than man walking on the moon”.
[…] The complex neural circuitry responsible for our sense of smell is the only part of the nervous system that regenerates throughout adult life.
It is this ability that scientists have tried to exploit in stimulating repair in the spinal cord.
Every time we breathe, molecules carrying different odours in the air come into contact with nerve cells in the nose.
These transmit messages to our olfactory bulbs – at the very top of the nasal cavity, sitting at the base of the brain.
The nerve cells are being continually damaged and must be replaced.
This process of regeneration is made possible by olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs), which provide a pathway for the fibres to grow back.
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