Israeli scientists have transplanted human spinal cord to treat paralysis. This information was given by Tel Aviv University (TAU) in central Israel. In a new study published in the journal Advanced Science on Monday, TAU scientists created functional spinal cord tissue from abdominal adipose tissue taken from patients, reports Xinhua news agency.
The team used genetic engineering to make the tissue cells work again. Brought them back into a condition that resembled embryonic stem cells, in a process that mimics the embryonic development of the spinal cord. In this way, tissue cells taken from the patient were transformed into 3D implants of neuronal networks containing motor neurons.
Restored ability to walk in 80 percent of tests
The scientists said they also created a personalized hydrogel from the tissue, which after implantation would not cause any immune reaction or rejection. The hydrogel-coated stem cells were then transplanted into laboratory animals that successfully restored walking ability in 80 percent of trials. The researchers added, ‘We are planning to reach clinical trials in humans.’
Earlier in America, pig kidney was transplanted into human body for the first time in the world. The feat was done by surgeons at NYU Langone Health Medical Center in New York City. The great thing is that the pig kidney is also working successfully in the human body. With this successful transplant, the shortage of human organs can be overcome in the coming days. To overcome the lack of organs, research was being done on pigs for a long time.