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Myelin, Heal Thyself

Urging Myelin Cells to Grow Up Has Therapeutic Possibilities

By Anette Breindl

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Damage to myelin – the insulating fatty sheath that allows long-range neuronal communication – is at the root of multiple sclerosis (MS). But it is also behind other forms of brain injury – notably, developing oligodendrocytes are very sensitive to conditions of low oxygen, and problems at birth can lead to permanent damage that shows itself as cerebral palsy or cognitive deficits.

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