Paralyzed rats walk again

Treatment helps animals recover from spinal cord injuries

By Roberta Kwok, 11:00 AM June 7, 2012

With the right treatment and training, paralyzed rats with damaged spinal cords could walk again, a new study shows. The animals even regained the ability to climb stairs and move around obstacles.

Many people lose the ability to move parts of the body after suffering a serious spinal cord injury. For example, actor Christopher Reeve, who played Superman in the movies, was paralyzed after damaging his spinal cord in a horseback-riding accident.

Of course, rats aren’t humans. But the new ...

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