Israeli scientists from Tel Aviv University conducted the world's first experiment in which paralyzed mice were forced to walk.
This is reported by The Times of Israel.
Scientists have constructed spinal cord tissue from human cells and implanted it into 15 paralyzed mice. After that, 12 mice began to walk normally.
“If it works in humans, as we believe it will, it could give all paralyzed humans hope that they can walk again,” scientists from the group of Professor Tal Dvira from the Sagol Center for Regenerative Biotechnology said.
Experts believe that in less than three years they will be able to do the same for humans in clinical trials. It is noted that scientists have begun discussions regarding clinical trials with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Tal Dvir predicts that their discovery will allow “to generate damaged tissue without the risk of rejection.”
“All over the world, millions of people are paralyzed due to spinal injuries, and there is still no effective treatment for their condition. People who were injured at a very young age, destined to spend the rest of their lives in a wheelchair, bearing all the social, financial and medical costs associated with paralysis. We hope to solve this problem and help them walk,” said Tal Dvir.
The scientist noted that in their experiment, they treated both long-term paralyzed mice and those who had recently lost the ability to move. Success was achieved in both cases.