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Stem cell use in spinal cord injury

Repairing damaged nerves with stem cells

Arya Nick Shamie, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, discusses the use of stem cells in spinal cord injury to help repair nerve damage.

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