Researchers produce brain tissue from a few scratches

By | February 13, 2012

Researchers produce brain tissue from a few scratchesSCIENTISTS are claiming a major breakthrough after generating brain tissue from human skin.

British researchers have for the first time generated a crucial type of brain cells in the laboratory by reprogramming skin cells. They say it could speed up the hunt for new treatments for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and stroke. Until now it has only been possible to generate tissue from the cerebral cortex, the area of the brain where most major neurological diseases occur, by using controversial embryonic stem cells, obtained by the destruction of an embryo.

This has meant the supply of brain tissue available for research has been limited due to ethical concerns and limited availability. …


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