Molecular insight into the process of spinal cord regeneration
In humans, spinal cord injury causes permanent damage as the neural system has limited regenerative capacity. In contrast, zebrafish can regenerate their spinal cords. The EU-funded SCSC project will investigate this unique feature of zebrafish, ultimately aiming to develop novel strategies for treating spinal cord injury in humans. The project's researchers will identify the cell types and determine the gene expression changes associated with spinal cord regeneration in zebrafish. Moreover, they will shed light on the molecular signals that instruct the process of spinal cord regeneration, which may be translatable to humans.
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