Paralysed Mice Walking Again, Human Trials to Come Soon!

Paralysed Mice Walking Again, Human Trials to Come Soon!

In a world first, an Israeli lab has got 12 out of 15 mice in study moving well; human trial expected in less than 3 years, aiming to ‘offer all paralysed people hope that they may walk again’.

Israeli scientists have made paralysed mice walk by giving them spinal cord implants, and say they are less than three years away from doing the same for humans in clinical trials.

The world-first experiment took place at Tel Aviv University, where a large team engineered spinal cord tissue from human cells, and implanted them into 15 mice with long-term paralysis. Twelve of the mice then walked normally, the scientists revealed on Monday in newly peer-reviewed research published in the journal Advanced Science.

“If this works in humans, and we believe that it will, it can offer all paralysed people hope that they may walk again,” Prof. Tal Dvir’s research team at the Sagol Center for Regenerative Biotechnology told The Times of Israel, adding that discussions regarding clinical trials have been opened with America’s Food and Drug Administration.

An illustration by Tel Aviv University researchers of how they expect to implement their spinal cord implants in humans (iStock via Getty Images)

Published in an article written by Nathan Jeffay for timesofisrael.com

This is an incredibly exciting development in medicinal science and we can’t wait to see where this leads.

You can read the full article here on timesofisrael.com.

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