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June 14, 2005

US scientists find "mother of all brain stem cells"

Topics: Medicine

Scientists at the University of Florida have been able grow brain cells in the laboratory.

In research with mice they say they have found a way to identify master cells in the brain and grow them in large batches and this is possibly a potential way of helping patients grow their own brain tissue transplants.

"As these so-called adult stem cells could come from the patient, no donor and no immune system suppressing drugs would be needed."

The researchers say they have also found an efficient way to make the cells multiply.

It appears that the researchers may have developed a process that makes the cells multiply, which  could be a crucial step in fighting degenerative brain diseases like Parkinson's and Huntington's.

Posted by Hyscience at June 14, 2005 6:01 PM

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