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Saturday, July 15, 2006

nano neuro knitting

“I wonder if Grumperina saw this!“

That’s the first thing I thought when I came across the column headed ”Nano Neuro Knitting in the “News and Views” section of the Veterinary Forum magazine/journal (their motto: Real Practice. Real Medicine.“)

No, it’s not some really cool method of knitting very tiny brains as I had wildly hoped for a moment. It is instead a discussion of an ”extraordinary and brilliant manuscript that portends an entirely new direction for research into neuronal regeneration following traumatic injury.“ The manuscript in question is Proc Natl Acad Sci 103(13):5054-5059, 2006. Ellis-Behnke RG, Liang Y-X, You S-W, et al. M.I.T., Cambridge, MA, and the U of Hong Kong. The ”knitting“ refers to axonal regrowth and connection across a nanofiber network formed following injection of a 1% peptide scaffold solution - not, unfortunately, to knitting very tiny brains. Oh well. It’s hella cool, but not quite as knitworthy as it seemed on the surface.



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