Brain cell regeneration
kukobuka at leo.bekkoame.or.jp
Sat Jan 31 10:51:20 EST 1998
I think we are talking about two
different things here.
Neurons (nerve cells) do not
once the body cell is damaged, it
inevitably degenerates, the cell
is never replaced.
However it is a well known fact
the myelin sheath of peripheral
cells can "sometimes" regenerate if
The cause of multiple sclerosis is
unknown but it is believed to be an
autoimmune disorder in which the
defense system mistakes the
sheath as a foreign element and
In other words, peripheral nerve
can SOMETIMES regenerate, central
nerve cells DO NOT regenerate.
In article <
100000 at cegt201.bradley.edu>,
Jason Dossett <
spoons at cegt201.bradley.edu>
> I was just curious if anyone has heard or seen any evidence that brain
> cells can regenerate on their own, even if it is extremely slow or so
> minute as to not make much difference.
> A friend and I debated this topic because I could have sworn that I had
> heard that someone had determined that the brain can regenerate, but after
> infancy it slows down so much as not to have any effect. As my friend has
> B.S. in Biology and I in E.E., I eventually admitted defeat, but it still
> annoys me because I swear I heard it somewhere.
> I did read about research where transplanted cells (or part of the cells -
> forgive my ignorance on the subject) were able to regenerate in lab rats,
> but no mention of the subject I am curious about was made.
> Thanks in advance,
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