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    Breakthrough in Hong Kong

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/h...-people-spinal
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    Researchers at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology led by Professor Kai Liu have discovered a way to regenerate axons, or nerve fibres, in the spinal cords of mice with long-term injuries.
    It's the first time axon regeneration has been induced in the corticospinal tract from injuries at least 12 months old.

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    Great post PC720! I'm rootin for pten and chase.
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    I hope we hear more about this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PC720 View Post
    I hope we hear more about this.
    According to the article:

    Despite the promising results, Liu said more work had to be done before he would consider human trials. And while there was a possibility of using drugs to target genes, this could have consequences "because PTEN is a tumour suppressor, it is not logically a so-called druggable target."

    Although no test subjects had regained function from the regeneration yet, Liu said it was the ultimate goal of his research.


    They may not want to specifically knock out the PTEN gene but there are gene manipulation studies ongoing that may well target the axonal regeneration without them having to resort to the dangers of minimizing a tumor suppressor.

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