Spinal-cord injuries affect about half a million people each year and can leave patients completely paralysed below the site of injury. Currently, damage to this precious bundle of nerve fibres is irreversible. Researchers are working to understand why the nerves of the central nervous system fail to repair themselves, in the hope of finding ways to reboot the regeneration process.
This animation explores some of the cutting-edge techniques being deployed to boost the spinal cord’s capacity to heal.
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13th December 2017