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Neurons derived directly from skin cells act the age of their donors

Published on 12th Oct 2015

Published on 12th October 2015

Because brain tissues from living donors are not widely available for study, researchers have devised ways to generate neurons from patient skin cells. One problem with this process—which often involves turning fibroblasts into pluripotent stem cells—is that it reprograms neurons to an embryonic state of development.  In the October 8 Cell Stem Cell, researchers report that they may have circumvented that issue by directly converting fibroblasts into neurons. 

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