January 18, 2013
Leprosy Reprograms the Body
Gisela Telis, Science Now
Leprosy has plagued humans for thousands of years, but that doesn't mean it has revealed all of its secrets. A new study in mice suggests the disfiguring disease employs a bit of biological trickery to do its damage: It reprograms certain nerve cells to become like stem cells and uses them to infiltrate the body's muscle and nervous systems.
TAGGED: cells, cellular biology, bacterial infection, leprosy