Could tropical fish help paralysed people walk? Proteins in zebrafish may help heal spinal cord injuries

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Could tropical fish help paralysed people walk? Proteins in zebrafish may help heal spinal cord injuries

Mammals are not capable of regenerating complex nervous tissue after a severe spinal cord injury, which can often be fatal or cause paralysis.

But zebrafish – a small, tropical freshwater fish native to South East Asia – have the remarkable ability to speedily regenerate their nervous tissue.

Now researchers have identified a protein in the zebrafish that may rapidly boost the healing of major spinal cord injuries in humans.

 


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