Stem Cell Potential Grows
Constans, Aileen, The Scientist
A number of recent publications have added to scientists' understanding of embryonic stem cell (ESC) differentiation and adult stem cell plasticity. For example, Ron McKay and coworkers at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, demonstrated that they can direct murine ESCs to differentiate into a particular type of dopamine-- producing neuron, which could aid in the treatment of Parkinson disease. Transplantation of stem cell precursors derived from the fetal midbrain leads to functional recovery in animal models of Parkinson, explains McKay, but researchers' ability to grow these cells in the laboratory is limited. "A solution to that problem would be to start with …
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Publication information: Article title: Stem Cell Potential Grows. Contributors: Constans, Aileen - Author. Magazine title: The Scientist. Volume: 16. Issue: 17 Publication date: September 2, 2002. Page number: 46. © The Scientist, Inc. Feb 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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