In an amazing report, doctors treat dog paralysis with nose cell transplant.
Scientists at Cambridge University’s Veterinary School working with the Medical Research Council’s Regenerative Medicine Centre have partially treated paralysis in dogs by injecting them with transplanted cells.
All of the dogs had spinal injuries that left their back legs paralyzed.
The cells that the scientists used were taken from the olfactory ensheathing cells in the lining of the dog’s noses.
34 dogs took part in the trial, with 23 of them having transplant cells injected into their paralyzed legs.
The rest were used as a control group and were given a neutral fluid injection.
None of the dogs in the control group gained any use of their legs, but many of the dogs that were given the transplant cells had improved movement capabilities.
Co-author of the study, Professor Robin Franklin told the BBC: 'Our findings are extremely exciting because they show for the first time that transplanting these types of cell into a severely damaged spinal cord can bring about significant improvement.”
This is the first study that shows cells taken from the nose can be used to treat severe spinal chord damage.