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Spinal cord regeneration: Given what you know about axons and dendrites (which constitute the spinal cord), do you think the findings of regeneration in rats will apply to humans? What about humans whose spinal cords are crushed, rather than severed? What about people like Christopher Reeves, whose spinal cord was damaged just below the brain stem?

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    Well, the question is based on why you know, not what I know. So on the basis of what you know, answer it.

    I do find this an odd question for psychology. This is a medical and medical biology question. Why would psychology be asking that? One might as well in psychology ask,based on your understanding of structural engineering, do you think the Golden Gate bridge can withstand a hurricane force wind in 2025?
    Sometimes, I think that non physical scientists overreach into the physical and biological sciences further than logic would dictate. I remember one distinction between clinical psychologists and psychiatrists: one is allowed to medicate the body and mind, the other is not. There must be some logic behind that. Anyway, I know well that is not your problem, but I do find the question peculiar for psychology. I hope the course stays on what they know best, for your sake, after all, it is your money.

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