Research from the University of New South Wales in Australia indicated that stem cells from the nose may help spinal injury victims walk again, London’s Daily Mail reported.
Scientists injected paralyzed rats with human nose cells and found the rats could move their hind legs six weeks later.
The scientists are hopeful the research could eventually be done on humans.
The nose cells, called olfactory ensheathing glia cells, normally help the regrow the fibers that link the lining of the nose to the brain.
“We think these cells have lots of potential,” Dr. Catherine Gorrie of the University of New South Wales, who led the study. “They are very accessible. It’s a relatively simple procedure to take them from the patient, grow more of them in the laboratory and then insert them back into the same person.”
The results were presented at the Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington, D.C.