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Offline Yvonne

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Hope for spinal cord repair
« on: Jan 31, 07, 06:18 AM »
bionic nerves – for hearing and spinal cord repair


“Now we’ve persuaded the nerve cells to re-sprout,” says Prof Clark, “we are working to make them grow in the right direction through a smart plastic interface that can plug into a new generation of bionic ears to give near-normal hearing. We plan to use the same concept to create a bionic spinal cord implant with the goal of restoring nerve function to paraplegics. It’s as big a challenge as my original ideas for the bionic ear.” ......... read more

http://www.scienceinpublic.com/scienceprize/2004/instituterelease.htm
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Re: Hope for spinal cord repair
« Reply #1 on: Jan 31, 07, 09:37 AM »
Just what I need for my ear.
                       "its very heavy for its size Langston. I was surprised !" "I dont mind having a used one!"


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Re: Hope for spinal cord repair
« Reply #2 on: Jan 31, 07, 10:01 AM »
Just what I need for my ear.

It is. :)

If that had been available 'a number of years ago' it would have been worth risking nerve damage to surgically reset my smushed fingers, so I'd have 'hand-shaped' hands now.

Of course, there's a long road ahead before the 'theoretical' discoveries lead to treatments it's possible to use in routine treatment - but, as somebody once said - "a journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step..."

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Re: Hope for spinal cord repair
« Reply #3 on: Jan 31, 07, 12:03 PM »
Yes these things take 10 years or more to get going at least,
but as you say 'one small step'  :)
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