Stem cells become replacement neurons for those lost to Alzheimer's

03/5/2011 | Yahoo!

Scientists at Northwestern University said they were able to turn embryonic stem cells into basal forebrain cholinergic neurons, brain cells that are destroyed by Alzheimer's disease. They also reported in the journal Stem Cells that they have transformed human skin cells into induced pluripotent stem cells, which can be turned into BFC replacement cells. The findings indicate that it could be possible for scientists to make an abundant supply of these replacement cells within a laboratory.

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