Washington: Scientists have developed a biodegradable implant, which in combination with a gel - that increases nerve growth and healing - can help restore the functionality of a torn or damaged nerve.The team of Tel Aviv University researchers, including Dr. Shimon Rochkind of TAU`s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and Prof. Zvi Nevo of TAU`s Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, invented the method for repairing damaged peripheral nerves.The innovative project`s initial successes were reported recently at several renowned scientific congresses, and the therapy, already tested in animal models, is only a few years away from clinical use, Rochkind said.A nerve is like an electrical cable, which loses its functionality when it is either severed or damaged.Similarly, a nerve that is damaged loses the ability to transfer signals for movement and feeling through the nervous system.
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