The technology for restoring neurons has only been tested on mice; however, scientists plan to conduct human research.
Scientists at Northwestern University in the United States have developed a new approach to treat serious spinal cord injuries. A groundbreaking drug consists of a gel with peptides merging to form chains with thousands of blocks. They assume the functions of natural proteins to restore the nervous system.
Given the short life span of complex proteins, neuronal regeneration is normally extremely slow. However, the lifespan of peptides can last up to 12 weeks. During this time, they can provide significant assistance to the body. For example, the drug causes axons to regenerate, accelerates the growth of blood vessels and neurons, and reduces scar tissue production.
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