After scientists injected paralyzed dogs at their injury sites with so-called olfactory ensheathing cells (OEC) taken from the linings of their noses, some were eventually able to walk. All the animals in the study suffered spinal injuries which prevented them from using or feeling anything in their hind legs.
“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,” study author Robert Franklin, a regeneration biologist at the Wellcome Trust-MRC Stem Cell Institute, said in a press release. “We’re confident that the technique might be able to restore at least a small amount of movement in human patients with spinal cord injuries but that’s a long way from saying they might be able to regain all lost function.”
Now it seems the treatment has yet to be refined further but read the article and check out the quick video clip below.