Brain Cells Matured in Lab

“US scientists say they have duplicated the generation of new adult brain cells in the lab in a controlled way. It is hoped the technique, tested so far on animal cells, will eventually allow scientists to produce a limitless supply of a person’s own brain cells.”

“It is not the first time that immature stem cells have been manipulated in the laboratory to become brain cells. But the researchers say nobody else has replicated the process of cell maturation that goes on in the brain in such complete and close step-by-step detail before.”

The hope is that the cells can be used in the treatment of dementia, Parkinson’s disease and epilespsy.
BBC News

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Published: 14 June 2005

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