The discovery that new brain cells are created in some regions of the adult brain challenged long-held dogma and inspired many scientists to explore the regenerative capacity of the central nervous system (Eriksson PS et al. Nat Med. 1998:4:1313-1317). As the body of research on neural repair grows, scientists are developing a better understanding of the potential and limits of this regenerative capacity and investigating how it might be harnessed for therapeutic purposes.
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