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Untangling the complex puzzle of optic nerve regeneration

08:00 EDT 21 Jun 2017 | Medical Xpress

The optic nerve is vital for vision—damage to this critical structure can lead to severe and irreversible loss of vision. Fengfeng Bei, PhD, a principal investigator in the Department of Neurosurgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and his colleagues want to understand why the optic nerve—as well as other parts of the central nervous system including the brain and spinal cord—cannot be repaired by the body. In particular, Bei's lab focuses on axons, the long processes of neurons that serve as signaling wires.

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