We may soon see people who spent years in wheelchairs get up and walk again.

A group of researchers think that, in the future, they may be able to use the body’s own nerves to “bridge the gap” in the spinal cord that is left when paralysis occurs. Researcher Marie Filbin was able to do this for paralyzed rats. BBC News quotes researcher Giorgio Terenghi as saying, “It’s a very good idea, but the key thing is how much function they will be able to restore using this technique.”

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