Swiss Scientists Make Paralyzed Rats Walk

Most paralysis patients with spinal cord injuries have little to no hope of walking again.  Those that have a chance of walking again are given their projected chances by physicians and specialists early on.  But now the chances are widening for both groups.

Swiss scientists have found a way through stem cell research to break the code of the spinal cord.  Gregoire Courtine and his team at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne took rats from severe paralysis to “walking and running again after a couple of weeks.”

After administering a combination of electrical and chemical stimulation to their spinal cord while adding robotic support, the rats were up and moving, according to MSNBC.

“This is ground-breaking research and offers great hope for the future of restoring function to spinal injured patients,” said Elizabeth Bradbury, a Medical Research Council senior fellow at King’s College London.

The scientists are at the origin of these developments, so there isn’t a lot of certainty on which spinal cord injuries this treatment can work for, but they are excited about the new alternate treatment for detrimental spinal cord injuries.

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