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First Report Of Stem Cell Signal Of Intention To Become Specific Neuron; Cloned Cells Cure Parkinson's In Rat Model

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May 13, 2002
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Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center
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Scientists at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago have discovered an important shortcut to creating a more efficient, more reliable, and safer source of stem cells with the ability to turn into specific neurons or brain cells. Paul Carvey, PhD, chairman of pharmacology at Rush, used his team's discovery to clone several generations of stem cells that, when grafted into the brains of rats with a Parkinson's like disease, developed into healthy dopamine neurons. This effectively cured the animals' severe Parkinsonian symptoms.

Scientists at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago have discovered an important shortcut to creating a more efficient, more reliable, and safer source of stem cells with the ability to turn into specific neurons or brain cells. Paul Carvey, PhD, chairman of pharmacology at Rush, used his team's discovery to clone several generations of stem cells that, when grafted into the brains of rats with a Parkinson's like disease, developed into healthy dopamine neurons. This effectively cured the animals' severe Parkinsonian symptoms. The ability to clone large numbers of stem cells that would become neurons also has the potential to revolutionize the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis and numerous other diseases and disorders of the brain and nervous system.


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Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center. (2002, May 13). First Report Of Stem Cell Signal Of Intention To Become Specific Neuron; Cloned Cells Cure Parkinson's In Rat Model. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 19, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/05/020510074808.htm
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