Empirical Research Proves More Effective Than Prayer - Again
Scientists from the Federal Polytechnique School in Switzerland injected a cocktail of drugs into the rats' spines, then electronically stimulated their spinal canals.
Lead researcher Gregoire Courtine says after a couple of weeks of rehabilitation, the paralysed rats were not just walking, but sprinting and climbing up stairs.
He says the research has implications for humans.
"This very surprising plasticity and recovery that we have observed opens promising perspective in humans with spinal cord injury," he said.
Scientists plan to start human trials of the treatment in two years.
"Experiments are the only means of knowledge at our disposal. The rest is poetry, imagination." Max Planck