December 4, 2014 | Georgie

A new drug discovery shows promise to help people paralysed as a result of a spinal cord injury.

The drug encourages nerves in the spinal cord to grow back by disturbing the sticky protein 'glue' produced by scar tissue after an injury, which stops nerve cells growing.

So far it has only been tried out on rats, so further testing on larger animals will be needed before the researchers can move on to trials with humans.

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Out of the 26 rats tested, 21 showed some recovery relating to either movement or bladder function.

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