Topic: Seas Yield Clues on Nerve Regeneration After Spinal Cord Injury

Seas Yield Clues on Nerve Regeneration After Spinal Cord Injury


When it comes to shedding light on the possibility of nerve regeneration following spinal cord injury, it appears that the worm may have turned finally—or, more exactly, the sea lamprey. 
   Researchers at the University of Missouri (MU), in Columbia, after musing about certain fish that can reconnect nerves after injury and return to full mobility, have learned a great deal from the ability of the eel-like sea lamprey to recover from such traumas that they feel may be applicable to humans. They hope their discovery of how the sea lamprey regenerates nerve function may lead ultimately to methods for similar restoration in humans with spinal cord injuries. 
   “There is a lot of attention to why, following a spinal cord injury, neurons regenerate in lower vertebrates, such as the sea lamprey, and why they don’t in higher vertebrates, such as humans,” said Andrew McClellan, professor of biological sciences in the College of Arts and Science and director of the UM Spinal Cord Injury Research Program.  To Read More, Please go to:


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