More impressive than man’s first steps on the moon

A Bulgarian man, paralysed from the chest down when his spinal cord was severed in 2010, has taken his first steps after a team of surgeons, led by Pawel Tabakow, consultant neurosurgeon at Wroclaw University in Poland, transplanted olfactory nerve cells into the spinal cord.

“What we’ve done is establish a principle, nerve fibres can grow back and restore function, provided we give them a bridge,” said Geoff Raisman, chair of neural regeneration at University College London’s Institute of Neurology, who led the British research team working on the joint project.

“To me, this is more impressive than a man walking on the Moon. I believe this is the moment when paralysis can be reversed.”

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Hat tip to Greg McKenna.