ISRAEL - Implant Helps Paralyzed Walk

Arno Froese

People with long-term paralysis might regain the ability to walk after Israeli scientists successfully engineered the first 3D human spinal cord tissue. The results were published in a groundbreaking peer-reviewed study published in the journal Advanced Science.

Paralysis can occur after a spinal cord injury, which can refer to damage sustained to any part of the spinal cord or the nerves at the end of the spinal canal. These injuries can cause permanent changes in strength, sensation and other bodily functions, and in severe cases, can lead to long-term paralysis, for which there is currently no cure.

The research team hypothesized that mimicking embryonic development by applying a specific spinal cord motor neuron differentiation protocol in a 3D dynamic environment would provide cells with signals for appropriate regenerative tissue formation, healing the site and lowering the risk of rejection.

Not only does the biomaterial turned hydrogel support the cells, the study explained, but it also constantly adapts and develops, thereby providing a dynamic inductive microenvironment that allows for the assembly and maturation of a functional spinal cord implant.

Following the successful mimicking of embryonic spinal cord development and the engineering of functional tissue implants, the researchers moved on to testing the therapeutic potential of the 3D spinal cord network, choosing to use mice as the testing model.

“The model animals underwent a rapid rehabilitation process, at the end of which they could walk quite well,” Prof. Tal Dvir explained. “This is the first instance in the world in which implanted engineered human tissues have generated recovery in an animal model for long-term chronic paralysis, which is the most relevant model for paralysis treatments in humans.”

“Individuals injured at a very young age are destined to sit in a wheelchair for the rest of their lives, bearing all the social, financial and health-related costs of paralysis,” he said. “Our goal is to produce personalized spinal cord implants for every paralyzed person, enabling regeneration of the damaged tissue with no risk of rejection.”, 7 February 2022

Arno's Commentary

Not surprisingly, this latest world’s first—the successful engineering of 3D human spinal cord tissue—comes from Israel.

There are millions of people all over the world that are bound to wheelchairs, with little to no hope of ever being able to walk.

While we admire these scientists, we have to keep in mind that any and all medical successes are only temporary.

Jesus prophetically demonstrated the restoration of one who could not walk: “But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house” (Matthew 9:6-7).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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