Bioengineered virus has promise for injured nerve cells

01/22/2009 | MIT Technology Review

U.S. scientists were able to create scaffolds to support the development of nerve cells by using a bioengineered version of a bacteriophage called M13. Bacteriophages are viruses that can infect bacteria but are unable to enter animal cells. The researchers plan to test the safety of phage scaffolds in living animals and hope the system may someday be used to repair neurons in people with damaged spinal cords.

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