New research may lead to innovative new treatments for neurodegenerative conditions including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's disease, experts have commented.
Researchers from the Gladstone Institutes led by Dr Sheng Ding managed to successfully transform human adult skin cells into brain cells.
These brain cells proved to be functioning and able to send and receive brain signals.
Lennart Mucke, of Gladstone, commented that the research could bring hope to patients with neurodegenerative conditions, as well as their families.
"Dr. Ding's latest research offers new hope for the process of developing medications for these diseases, as well as for the possibility of cell-replacement therapy to reduce the trauma of millions of people affected by these devastating and irreversible conditions," he said.
In other news, a stem cell treatment involving insulin-like growth factor may be able to treat bone fractures that are failing to heal normally, according to University of North Carolina research.
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