A Hydrogel Restores Breathing After Spinal Cord Injury in Animal Models (image) Thomas Jefferson University Share Print E-Mail Caption Phrenic nerve bundle (thick green), with single nerve's axon drawing off to attach with a leaf-like splay to the diaphragm muscle (orange). The left pane shows a yellowed interior where axon connects to the diaphragm, whereas the right pane, lacking yellow, shows an axon that has detached from the diaphragm. The researchers showed that BDNF-biogel administered at the spinal column can help neurons retain connections to the diaphragm after spinal cord injury in animals. Credit Angelo Lepore Laboratory, Thomas Jefferson University Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.