Nasal Cells Help Paralyzed Dogs Walk Again; Could Help Humans

Picture: NIH (PD)

Scientists at Cambridge University have discovered an innovative new treatment that could lead to reversal of human spinal cord injuries. For now, paralyzed pooches are the ones reaping the rewards:

Via BBC:

The pets had all suffered spinal injuries which prevented them from using their back legs.

The Cambridge University team is cautiously optimistic the technique could eventually have a role in the treatment of human patients.

The study is the first to test the transplant in “real-life” injuries rather than laboratory animals.
Olfactory ensheathing cells

The only part of the body where nerve fibres continue to grow in adults is the olfactory system.

Found in the at the back of the nasal cavity, olfactory ensheathing cells (OEC) surround the receptor neurons that both enable us to smell and convey these signals to the brain.

The nerve cells need constant replacement which is promoted by the OECs.

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8 Comments on "Nasal Cells Help Paralyzed Dogs Walk Again; Could Help Humans"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Nov 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm |

    Great story. Amazing.

    Don’t get me wrong, but I’m inclined to think that the most amazing part is how they got the grant for the study in the first place. There’s no obvious way that this technology can be used to imprison or remotely control anybody.

    Unless maybe it’s just an incremental part of a larger series of studies designed to implant mind controlled soldiers with biogenetically re-loading 25mm fully automatic machine guns in their arms or something. I can see a practical application for that.

  2. My guess is that the research department intentionally paralysed the dogs. It is not likely that they would be forthright about what happens to animals in these cruel research laboratories.

    • bobbiethejean | Nov 19, 2012 at 10:23 pm |

      Why would you assume something so terrible without evidence? What, are you some kind of anti-science kook?

    • Calypso_1 | Nov 19, 2012 at 10:53 pm |

      If you actually read the article or the study you wouldn’t have to guess at all.

  3. Don’t get your hopes up. I’m sure our nation’s pastors will soon find a very compelling reason for Congress to oppose all forms of nasal cell research.

    • Calypso_1 | Nov 19, 2012 at 11:01 pm |

      God owns all your noses

      “therefore will I put my hook in thy nose” – Isa 37:29

  4. bobbiethejean | Nov 19, 2012 at 10:23 pm |

    What, you mean praying won’t fix spinal injuries but science might be able to? SHOCKING!

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