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Microsurgery on the Brain of the Fruit Fly Leads to New Insights into Irreparable Nerve Injuries

June 4, 2008

biology graphic Every year, one million Europeans are confronted with potentially irreparable brain or spinal cord injuries resulting from traffic accidents. Because the nerves in a damaged spinal cord cannot, or cannot fully, be repaired, the patient remains (partially) paralyzed. Now, VIB scientists connected to the K.U. Leuven have become the first to successfully develop a simple model that enables the study of injured brain tissue. Full Story

VIB (the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology)

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