The Rabchevsky lab utilizes recombinant viral vectors encoding growth factors to transduce host cells to express specific transgenes in normal or injured spinal cord of adult rats to assess their influence on histological and behavioral outcome measures. This picture represents a confocal image of a cross section though the ventro-lateral spinal cord of a naïve rat injected with lentivirus encoding for enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP reporter) after 10 days in vivo. Green = eGFP labeling of neurons; Red (Texas Red) = mouse anti-CC1 labeling of oligodendrocytes;  Blue (AMCA) = rabbit anti-GFAP labeling of astrocytes