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The discovery opens the way to developing new treatments for patients with spinal cord damage.
The deactivation of a single gene could significantly improve long-term recovery in people with spinal cord injuries, according to a study conducted by the University of Maryland at Baltimore (USA) published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.
The findings open the way to developing new treatments for spinal injuries, which often result in damage that remain throughout life, because half of those affected are considered paraplegic.
The researchers explain that a sudden shock and traumatic spinal bone can fracture or dislocate the vertebrae, which in turn can crush and destroy axons, the branches of the nerve cells that carry signals along the spinal cord between the brain and the rest of the body. Read the rest of this entry »