Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 07/13/06 A stunning medical breakthrough seemingly torn from the pages of a Hollywood science-fiction film script could dramatically improve the lives of individuals disabled by spinal cord injuries or other motor-impairment diseases. A nationally known senior neurological researcher at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston hailed the clinical trial as an “enormous” breakthrough. Claire Hulsebosch, vice chair and professor at UTMB’s Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, said the findings are equivalent in medical circles to the discovery that brain stem cells can be used to regenerate nerve cells. “Each brain cell has hundreds of thousands of (neural) contacts, so deciphering individual thoughts would be like trying to make sense out of a bowl of spaghetti,” she said.