Sunday, February 06, 2011

Fluorescent Peptides Help Nerves Glow In Surgery

Accidental damage to thin or buried nerves during surgery can have severe consequences, from chronic pain to permanent paralysis. Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine may have found a remedy: injectable fluorescent peptides that cause hard-to-see peripheral nerves to glow, alerting surgeons to their location even before the nerves are encountered. Read more -- Fluorescent peptides help nerves glow in surgery