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Scientists Obtain Cells That Repair The Spinal Cord

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May 24, 2000
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Washington University School Of Medicine In St. Louis
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After stormy weather, linesmen come out in force to replace electrical insulation. Now scientists have trained a workforce of cells to go into the injured spinal cord and rewrap the lines. Using simple and inexpensive techniques, they turned embryonic stem cells into nervous system cells called oligodendrocytes. When the oligodendrocytes were injected into the spinal cord of injured or mutant rats, they reinsulated naked nerve axons.

St. Louis, May 23, 2000 — After stormy weather, linesmen come out in force to replace electrical insulation. Now scientists have trained a workforce of cells to go into the injured spinal cord and rewrap the lines. Using simple and inexpensive techniques, they turned embryonic stem cells into nervous system cells called oligodendrocytes. When the oligodendrocytes were injected into the spinal cord of injured or mutant rats, they reinsulated naked nerve axons. These long arms of nerve cells carry messages up and down the spinal cord.


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