Experts turn support cells in the brain into synapse-forming neurons

05/19/2010 | MIT Technology Review

German scientists were able to turn astroglial cells, or structural support cells in the brain, into neurons that can form synapses using a virus to introduce transcription factors into the cells. They also found that the cells can be converted into two different types of neurons, excitatory and inhibitory. They believe the technique could someday help treat damage to the brain and spinal cord as a result of stroke or injury by using existing brain cells.

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