Paralyzed monkey regains partial mobility with stem cells

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AFP International reports that Japanese researchers have restored mobility in a monkey that was paralyzed from the neck down.

Hideyuki Okano of Tokyo’s Keio University said:”It is the world’s first case in which a small-size primate recovered from a spinal injury using stem cells.”

Dr. Okano’s researchers injected induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) into a paralyzed marmoset on the ninth day after the injury.

Within two to three weeks, the monkey began moving its arms and legs. After six weeks, the marmoset was jumping again, close to a normal activity level.

To learn more, please see the AFP news bulletin, Japan team say stem cells helped monkey jump again, to learn more.

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