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Gene therapy reverses rat's paralysis

14-Jun-2018

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King's College London repaired damage in spinal cord of rats.

Body repairs a wounded spinal cord with scar tissue.

But scar acts like a barrier to new nerve connections.

Used a virus to alter enzyme called chondroitinase.

Animals regained use of their front paws after the gene therapy.

Study used virus to deliver genetic information that reduced scar tissue in the spinal cord

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Professor of Regenerative Medicine & Neuroplasticity at King's College London.

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Post Doc at German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE).

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Public research university