Friday, December 14, 2012

Making brain cells from urine to help fight diseases


The new method offers researchers a speedy way to produce plenty of neurons using cells discarded in human urine -- helping to develop therapies for neurodegenerative diseases.
Researchers routinely reprogram skin and blood cells into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, which can go on become any cell in the body. But since urine can be collected from nearly any patient, these progenitor cells could be produced more quickly and from more patients than current methods.
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