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Paralyzed Dog Study Offers Hope For Humans

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Many of the dogs in the trail were dachshunds, which are especially prone to spinal injury. (Getty Images/AFP/File, Stephen Morton)

Researchers in England see promise in their experiments for treating spinal cord injuries in dogs: transplanting dog nose cells. ABC’s Linda Albin in London explains:


Scientists in the UK have succeeded in reversing paralysis in dogs after injecting their areas of injury with cells grown from the lining of their noses. One of the dogs is Jasper , a 10 year old dachshund. His owner Peter Hay says he was effectively a crippled dog. But after the cell transplant, he can now stand.

The hope is that what helped Jasper can be used to eventually help humans with spinal cord injuries too.

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