Wednesday November 30, 2005

A Giant Step

Surgeons in London plan to test a revolutionary stem cell technique using cells from .. the patient's nose! This will be the first trial of a simple technology that could one day allow the paralysed to walk again.
[An] all-important discovery made in 1985 showed that in one section of the nervous system, a part of the nasal cavity concerned with smell, nerve fibres are in constant growth - even in adulthood. Though people with a bad cold may lose their sense of smell, it does come back.

The nasal cells have the added advantage of belonging to the patient, so there is no risk of their being rejected.

[ The nose cells that may help the paralysed walk again, The Gaurdian Unlimited, 11/30/2005 ]

A Giant Step ( in category SciTech ) - posted at Wed, 30 Nov, 16:45 Pacific | Comments (0)