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Spinal cord engineered from belly fat tissue could cure paralysis

Treatment was successful in mice, and now gears up to treat paralyzed humans


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Lab-engineered stem cell spinal cord therapy demonstrated high rates of success in mice.

“Our technology is based on taking a small biopsy of belly fat tissue from the patient,” - Tal Dvir whose research team led the study.

Turned the stem cells into 3D implants of neuronal networks containing motor neurons.

After the implantation, 100% of mice with acute paralysis and 80% of those with chronic paralysis regained their ability to walk.

“Our goal is to produce personalized spinal cord implants for every paralyzed person, with no risk of rejection.”

Matricelf is now in the hope of making spinal cord implant treatments for those suffering from paralysis.

In just a few years, the engineered tissues will be implanted in paralysed individuals enabling them to stand up and walk once more.

“Since there is no alternative for paralyzed patients, we have good reason to expect relatively rapid approval of our technology.”

Study by Tel Aviv University published in Advanced Science.

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Advanced Science

Journal publishing research in materials science, physics and chemistry, medical and life sciences and engineering


Biotechnology company in the field of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering

Tal Dvir

Professor of Biotechnology Engineering.

Tel Aviv University

Public Research university.

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