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Stem cells help paralysed dog

There is new hope for for paralysed humans after scientists successfully restored movement to the hind legs of a dog with severe spinal injuries by injecting them with cells grown from the lining of their nose.

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Dog paralysis study 'extremely exciting'

Scientists studied 34 dogs that had all suffered spinal cord injuries as a result of accidents and back problems.

The trial demonstrated effective spinal cord repair in "real life" injury cases.

Professor Robin Franklin, one of the study leaders from Cambridge University, said

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.

– Professor Robin Franklin, one of the study leaders from Cambridge University

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