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Japan:iPS cells cure spinal cord damage
A research group at a Japanese university says it has successfully used iPS cells to cure damaged spinal cords in mice.
iPS cells, or induced pluripotent stem cells, have the potential to develop into a variety of tissues or organs.
The group, led by Professor Hideyuki Okano and lecturer Masaya Nakamura at Keio University, used human iPS cells to treat mice partially paralyzed due to spinal injuries.
They developed iPS cells into nerve cells and transplanted them into the spinal cords of 31 mice 9 days after they suffered the injuries. All mice showed improved mobility functions, and all were able to walk within 4 weeks.
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