“Thus, gene therapy treatment of only a few nervecells stimulated the axonal regeneration of various nerve cells in the brain and several motor tracts in the spinal cord simultaneously,” says Dietmar Fischer. “Ultimately, this enabled the previously paralyzed animals that received this treatment to start walking after two to three weeks. This came as a great surprise to us at the beginning, as it had never been shown to be possible before after full paraplegia.”
This piece of news popped up all over earlier this week, but the Technology Review piece though short gives it some context. The rapid advances in imaging, tissue creation, stem cell technology, bio compatible materials, low impact surgery and 3D fabrication are being brought together to make things possible that were once fantasy and to eventually overtake transplants in the traditional sense.
While this is fascinating from a sci-fi writer’s viewpoint, the reality is something close to awe-inspiring.
This is a significant breakthrough the ability to use raw sunlight and chemisty to get H2 would make many green energy technologies more feasible. I still like the idea of pond slime diesel, but then I’m probably just strange.