A treatment with stem cells regenerates the spinal cord and allows rodents to recover both mobility and sensory perception. The most recent study has been performed in paraplegic rats. At the point of spinal cord injury, researchers at the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel implanted human stem cells. These were obtained from the oral mucosa and in culture they were transformed into astrocytes, glial cells responsible for secreting neurotrophic factors that favor growth and neuronal survival.

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