December 10, 2012

Researchers Turn Urine into Brain Cells

Mo Costandi, The Guardian


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Chinese researchers have devised a new technique for reprogramming cells from human urine into immature brain cells that can form multiple types of functioning neurons and glial cells. The technique, published today in the journal Nature Methods, could prove useful for studying the cellular mechanisms of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and for testing the effects of new drugs that are being developed to treat them.

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TAGGED: Neurons, Stem Cells, Urine

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