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Spinal-cord injury research shows promise

Published: March 26, 2006

PHILADELPHIA – For years, scientists have been trying to make injured spinal cords grow back, with limited success.

Lying awake in bed one night, University of Pennsylvania neurobiologist Douglas Smith came up with an offbeat alternative: Instead of trying to regrow the damaged nerves, how about taking nerve cells from elsewhere in the body and getting them to stretch? After all, he reasoned, a similar process must occur when whales and giraffes grow their spinal cords to tremendous lengths.

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