How nerve cells reach their niche.

Developmental biology, the study of the processes through which organisms grow and develop, is an area of biomedical research where modal organisms - ranging from the slime mold Dictyostelium  discoideum to the chicken - play a crucial role, and one that has been honoured with several  Nobel Prizes in recent years.  For example, the 1995 … Continue reading How nerve cells reach their niche.

Spider silk used to repair nerve damage in sheep

On Friday I discussed some recent developments in use of stem cells to repair spinal cord damage, but central nervous system damage is not the only cause of paralysis; every year many thousands of people become paralysed in a limb due to peripheral nerve damage. A difference between peripheral nerve damage and central nervous system damage is … Continue reading Spider silk used to repair nerve damage in sheep