Animal News: Paralyzed Rats Walk Again
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© 2012 National Geographic; video courtesy EPFL/Grégoire Courtine
Paralyzed Rats Walk Again
May 31, 2012—Scientists in Switzerland have developed a method to help paralyzed rats with severed spinal cords walk—and even climb stairs—again. The team's cocktail of neuronactivating chemicals and electrical stimulation might be a precursor to future treatments for disabled humans, researchers say.