Study: Swine brain cells may alleviate some Parkinson's symptoms

04/17/2012 | Reuters

New Zealand researchers found that within two weeks of receiving pig brain cells, monkeys with Parkinson's symptoms exhibited a 50% improvement in those symptoms, which lasted until the end of the six-month study. The special "support" brain cells come from a swine herd that has been isolated since the 1850s to prevent transmission of zoonotic diseases. If it receives approval, the company plans to begin human trials in 2013.

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