The field of cell therapy, which aims to form new cells in the body in order to cure disease, has taken another important step in the development towards new treatments. A new report from researchers at Lund Univ. in Sweden shows that it is possible to reprogram other cells to become nerve cells, directly in the brain.
Two years ago, researchers in Lund were the first in the world to reprogram human skin cells, known as fibroblasts, to dopamine-producing nerve cells – without taking a detour via the stem cell stage. The research group has now gone a step further and shown that it is possible to reprogram both skin cells and support cells directly to nerve cells, in place in the brain.
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