Neurosurgery: Functional regeneration after laser axotomy

  title={Neurosurgery: Functional regeneration after laser axotomy},
  author={Mehmet Fatih Yanik and Hulusi Cinar and Hediye Nese Cinar and Andrew D. Chisholm and Yishi Jin and Adela Ben-Yakar},
Understanding how nerves regenerate is an important step towards developing treatments for human neurological disease, but investigation has so far been limited to complex organisms (mouse and zebrafish) in the absence of precision techniques for severing axons (axotomy). Here we use femtosecond laser surgery for axotomy in the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans and show that these axons functionally regenerate after the operation. Application of this precise surgical technique should enable… CONTINUE READING

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