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Repairing the neural highway

The spinal cord rarely repairs itself when damaged, but ways of encouraging nerves to regrow are on the horizon.

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Closing the gap

A bone fracture that fails to heal after initial treatment can lead to prolonged disability. Regenerative therapies might help to restart the bone-healing process, getting the people affected back in action.

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Saving life and limb

Many people with critical limb ischaemia have no option but to have the affected limb amputated. Can regenerative medicine offer an alternative?

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Marching to a new beat

In the most severe cases, a ruptured eardrum can require surgery to put it right, but tissue-engineering techniques might provide a much simpler solution.

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Let there be sight

Loss of the stem cells that constantly renew the surface of the cornea causes pain and, in some cases, blindness. Advances in transplantation and cell culture are helping to restore vision to even the most severely affected people.

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