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Artificial brain growth 'could find cure for Alzheimer's'

Artificial brain growth 'could find cure for Alzheimer's'
30th March 2009

Scientists have grown an artificial brain in the hope that the finished product could aid them in discovering a cure for debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer's, it has been stated.

The team, based at Aston University in Birmingham, took cells from a cancerous tumour and reprogrammed them to create genes identical to those found in the human nervous system.

Speaking to the newspaper, lead researcher and study author Professor Michael Coleman said the Humane Research Trust believes the development to be "incredibly exciting".

He told the Daily Telegraph: "In the longer term we hope that our procedure can be used to help us understand how conditions such as Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases develop and ultimately find a cure and develop better drugs."

Neil Hunt of the Alzheimer's Society congratulated scientists and said this new cellular model could be instrumental in understanding the disease.

Earlier this month, the Alzheimer's Society stated that the link between Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy was a particularly important breakthrough by scientists in recent months.

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