Will the advance in sceince help regenerate a damaged spinal cord one day?

By Nic
@academic2 (7010)
April 8, 2007 4:35am CST
Many accident related injuries become dire when they affect the spinal cord. Spinal injuries condemn the affected persons to life with permanent disability because it has been proved that spinal injuries are irreversible. Are scientists doing anything to to give back life to te many people of the world living in this situation?
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• Croatia (Hrvatska)
13 Apr 07
I think that some day will be possible to regenerate spinal cord. I saw on TV, I think two or three years ago, taht some girl had accident, and couldn't walk after that. She went for several operations of her spinal cord where they put something that led electric impulses from her brain to her legs, and there was a big progress, but it takes a lot of operations, and each operation lasts about 8 hours! So I think that there is a big chance that people with damaged spinal cord will walk in future, I guess in 10-15 years top.
• Philippines
8 Apr 07
We may never know that in 50 years time, there may be a cure for cancer so I guess it is still possible. Stem cell research is one of the projects that scientists are trying to push thru because they claim that these cells are able to generate and replace damaged cells so spinal cord injury could be a thing of the past! But the catch here is that stem cells can only be found in fetuses so there is really a HUGE debate among religious orgs and scientists concerning about this subject. I do hope they find an alternative cure though...
@MsTickle (24992)
• Australia
8 Apr 07
I hardly think a damaged spinal cord can be repaired. I think it's a question of electronics being used as the only thing that could take the place of the central nervous system. Scientists are still unable to figure out the complex workings of the human brain. I'd suggest that you could maybe do some research in these matters. There's a University Teaching hospital in the USA that I find myself at when I do a lot of my research. It's been a while however and I can't remember which one. Sorry bout that. I'm sure someone will know the place I mean.