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


June 4, 2008

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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

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VIB (the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology)

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