British scientists discovered that dogs who are suffering from various forms of paralysis may soon benefit from using a simple injection containing cells from the lining of their nose.
Let’s take a lot at one example – for decades, a dachshund named Jasper used to walk with the help of a special trolley, as his hind legs were seriously injured in an accident several years ago.
Injured Jasper is only one of the dogs that were part of a study recently conducted by the Medical Research Center, University of Cambridge, which was conducted with the aim of finding a cure for paralyzed dog. This is the first study of this type dealing with animals and their real, everyday problems, because until now the research conducted solely in a laboratory.
Of the 34 dogs tested, 23 of them received an injection of cells from the lining of the nostrils, and the rest infused liquid in which the cells were suspended. After a certain time all of the dogs injected with the cells lining managed to recover and stand on all four feet, including those injured ones.
The results of the study were recently published in the journal “Brain” because it does not only represent an important finding for animals. The scientists hope that, after perfecting the method in the case of dogs, a similar survey could be carried out in humans.
” Our findings are extremely exciting because they show for the first time that transplanting these types of cell into a severely damaged spinal cord can bring about significant improvement” – said Professor Robin Franklin, co-author of the study.