Scientists Accelerate Stem Cells’ Production of Brain Cells to Just Days, Study Reports

6 April 2017

Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today:

British scientists have accelerated from weeks to days the process by which stem cells generate brain cells, which could open the door to new treatment approaches for diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and colleagues at the University of Cambridge developed the new technique, called OPTi-OX, which speeds up stem cells’ production of muscle cells as well.

The study, “Inducible and Deterministic Forward Programming of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells into Neurons, Skeletal Myocytes, and Oligodendrocytes,” was published in the journal Stem Cell Reports.

Human pluripotent stem cells are a special group of cells due to their ability to form any type of cell in the human body. This means they carry great promise not only for investigating the mechanisms of disease but also as potential therapies.  Read on. 

 

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