Bone marrow stem cells may be used to replace brain stem cells

Stem cells from a person's own bone marrow could be useful in replacing brain cells destroyed from diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other neurological conditions, according to new research. Stem cells are valued because they have the ability to transform into any other type of cell in the body, and in lab studies using human bone marrow cells, the cells multiplied into "neuroprogenitor cells," which are brain stem cells capable of maturing into common neural cells.

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