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Regenerating the Brain

Walter Glannon

in Brain, Body, and Mind

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199734092
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894475 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734092.003.0017
Regenerating the Brain

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This chapter examines neural cell replacement therapy for neurodegenerative diseases and spinal cord injury. While neural transplantation has the potential to regenerate the brain, results from clinical trials testing the procedure over the last twenty years have not been very promising. The goal of decelerating neural degeneration and restoring brain function is still an unrealized possibility. The chapter points out that the underlying pathophysiology of neurodegenerative diseases may limit or preclude the regenerative potential of transplanting cells into the brain. In addition, the chapter explores some of the social and psychological implications of two hypothetical scenarios: one in which regeneration of the brain does not keep pace with regeneration of the body; and one in which it does.

Keywords: decelerated aging; neural transplantation; neurodegenerative diseases; regeneration; spinal cord injury; stem cells

Chapter.  12417 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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