Rice University researchers pinpoint graphene nanoribbons as potential treatment for SCI: 4 insights

Megan Wood -   Print  |

Houston-based Rice University researchers developed graphene nanoribbons, intended as a treatment for spinal cord injuries, according to Tech Times. The researchers tested the ability of Texas-PEG, a compound of customized graphene nanoribbons in polyethylene glycol, to heal a rodent's damaged spinal cord.

Surgical Neurology International published the paper.

 

Here are four insights:

 

1. Texas-PEG successfully restored a rodent's motor and sensor neuronal signals after it experienced a spinal cord injury.

 

2. The rodent experienced full motor control recovery after two weeks.

 

3. Graphene possesses a conductive surface property in stimulating neuronal growth.

 

4. The researchers hope their study will lead to eventual human trials, testing Texas-PEG to heal human SCI.

 

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