From Skin to Brain: Stem Cells without Genetic Modification

March 17, 2017

(PhysOrg) – A discovery, several years in the making, by a University at Buffalo research team has proven that adult skin cells can be converted into neural crest cells (a type of stem cell) without any genetic modification, and that these stem cells can yield other cells that are present in the spinal cord and the brain. The practical implications could be very significant, from studying genetic diseases in a dish to generating possible regenerative cures from the patient’s own cells.

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