A tried and true cancer drug may help regrow nerve tissue in spinal cords that have been injured.
After identifying the mechanism for nerve re-growth and the drugs that signal that pathway, researchers repaired up to 75% movement in mice with spinal cord injuries with a drug that normally suppresses tumors. The cancer drug targets a protein that normally restricts nerve growth. Spinal cord tissue re-growth is extremely slow at best but with the success in mice scientists will move to rats and human trials hopefully in 10 years. Read more about hope for paralysis patients by clicking below.