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Precursor cells identified in spinal cord repair


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Movement restored in zebra fish severely damaged spinal cords.

Zebrafish are master-regenerators; able to regenerate many tissues.

Monash University researchers identified precursor cells that colonised injury.

Able to track and image the regeneration of living nerves in real time.

Stem cells were activated in areas surrounding the injury site.

It may be possible to turn these same switches on in humans.

Confocal microscopy was used to record stem cells repairing a severe injury in Zebra fish

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Jan Kaslin

Group leader at Monash University's Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI).

Monash University

Public Research university.