Promising new spinal injury drug spurs nerve regeneration in animals

December 4, 2014 5:25 AM

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"We now have an agent that may work alone or in combination with other treatments to improve the lives of many," said Jerry Silver.

In a recent study involving lab rats, the drug -- a compound called intracellular sigma peptide (ISP) -- spurred nerve growth in 80 percent of the injured animals, reactivating muscles that had been previously paralyzed. Twenty-six animals were injected with the drug; 21 of them regained movement, t...

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