posted on Jul, 2 2006 @ 09:47 AM
That is a bit misleading. They can only partially repair a certain type of damage, specifically a clean cut or break in the spinal cord. Unfortunatly
about 80% of cord injuries are crushing type and still irreperable. There has been much progress using living rat neurons to multiply and attach
themselve through small clean incisions in the cord itself in test dogs. The neurons act king of like a "relay brain". The prblem, other than being
unpredictable and sparse results, is that it appears that the neurons connect randomly in that a dog who has learned that firing certain neurons in
his brain will move his hind leg foward , now finds that firing those same neurons will cause him to stiffen up a abdominal muscle or something else.
Really facinating stuff......