Neurons Grown from Embryonic Stem Cells Restore Function in Paralyzed Rats

<P>NIH News 6/20/2006</P> <P>For the first time, researchers have enticed transplants of embryonic stem cell-derived motor neurons in the spinal cord to connect with muscles and partially restore function in paralyzed animals. The study suggests that similar techniques may be useful for treating such disorders as spinal cord injury, transverse myelitis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and spinal muscular atrophy. The study was…<BR></P>