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Gradient Guides Nerve Growth Down Spinal Cord

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August 15, 2005
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University of Chicago Medical Center
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The same family of chemical signals that attracts developing sensory nerves up the spinal cord toward the brain also serves to repel motor nerves, sending them in the opposite direction, down the cord and away from the brain. The finding provides crucial clues about how to restore function for those suffering from paralyzing spinal cord injuries or degenerative disorders.

The same family of chemical signals that attracts developing sensory nerves up the spinal cord toward the brain serves to repel motor nerves, sending them in the opposite direction, down the cord and away from the brain, report researchers at the University of Chicago in the September 2005 issue of Nature Neuroscience (available online August 14). The finding may help physicians restore function to people with paralyzing spinal cord injuries.


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