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Nanotechnology to fight paralysis

Here’s a cheery note to end our week on: There’s been lots of coverage of recent work by Northwestern’s Prof. Samuel Stupp’s work using today’s nanotechnology materials to tackle paralysis. An excerpt from NanoTechWire.com:

In a dramatic demonstration of what nanotechnology might achieve in regenerative medicine, paralyzed lab mice with spinal cord injuries have regained the ability to walk using their hind limbs six weeks after a simple injection of a purpose-designed nanomaterial.

You can see Dr. Stupp’s slides and hear a podcast interview of him conducted by science reporter Karen Schmidt over at the Wilson Center’s Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies. If this can be done now, imagine what should be possible in a couple of decades. —Christine

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