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Nanos to heal spinal cord?

Published 09/11/2009

Tiny nanoparticles that act as “sticking plasters” for broken nerves could provide a new treatment for spinal cord injuries, research from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indianopolis suggests.

The microscopic spheres, 100 times smaller than red blood cells, helped paralysed rats to walk after being injected into their tails.

In tests, they boosted the repair of damaged nerve fibre tissue by 60%. The particles have an outer shell made from a sealing agent, investigated as a potential treatment.

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