TREATMENT FOR DOG USING STEM CELL THERAPY A SUCCESS
In a major boost to stem cell therapy, researchers from Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (Tanuvas) and Nichiin Centre for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM) have successfully treated a dog with spinal cord injuries by transplanting bone marrow-derived stem cells in an innovative polymer scaffold. The dog that could not move is now able to walk and play normally two years post treatment, said doctors.
“The method being successful on the animal has given us hope and if trials on humans are positive, it will be a boon to mankind,” said Dr Parthiban, president, Neuro Spinal Surgeons Association.
Even as stem cell therapy has come under fire for misleading people with promises of “miracle cures”, some doctors believe that it should not be written off.
“Scaffolds are neural tissues on which stem cells are embedded so they can be held in place at the injured spot thereby increasing the pace of recovery.
After therapy, the canine showed remarkable progress and on the 133rd day it was able to walk satisfactorily,” said Dr Justin William, professor at the Veterinary College.