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Motivation to cure paralysis due to spinal injury, study suggests [Biology]
posted April 2 2013 19:35.10 by Giorgos Lazaridis

Lausanne, Switzerland. An innovative research group studies the effects of severe spinal injuries which lead to paralysis. The study suggests that a combination of neurotransmitters and electrical stimulation can restore movement to the lower limbs of previously paralysed rats! But in order for this motion to be made voluntarily the rats must be motivated to walk. This motivation comes in the form of cheering, visual cues, and of course, chocolate. For me, chocolate alone would work pretty well.
This video may hurt the feelings of some people, because it shows the most unlucky kind of rats -the lab rats- being subject to this research and intentionally paralyzed. But it takes only a few seconds to think that this research may eventually cure some people.

[Link: Veritasium]

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  • At 29 October 2013, 17:41:09 user Giorgos Lazaridis wrote:   [reply @ Giorgos Lazaridis]
    • @Anne-Marie IMHO, animal testing has indeed some results, not 100%, maybe not even 50%, but even that small amount is something. And we should always judge these actions from the patience's point of view... What if for example you or a very close person to you had a disease that has not found a cure yet. How would you judge animal tests for this particular disease, the time that you know that these animal tests may eventually bring results...

      I will not judge animal testings since i have little (or no) experience and clues. I do not know how effective they are. I cannot trust the opinion of 1000s of people who are subscribed in a site called "welovedogs" or "stopanimaltests" ... And i also cannot trust the opinion of the doctors as well. They all judge from their own point of view.

  • At 29 October 2013, 16:33:20 user Anne-Marie wrote:   [reply @ Anne-Marie]
    • Animal testing does not translate into results for the human body. This is just animal cruelty for profit. Shame on you.

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