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Human neural stem cells (shown in red), reprogrammed originally from adult skin cells, differentiate efficiently into brain cells (shown in green), after being cultured with star-shaped cells called astrocytes.
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Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia, and Autism Now Can Be Studied With Mature Brain Cells Reprogrammed from Skin Cells.

Difficult-to-study diseases such as Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, and autism now can be probed more safely and effectively thanks to an innovative new method for obtaining mature brain cells called neurons from reprogrammed skin cells. According to Gong Chen, the Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences and professor of biology at Penn State University and the leader of the research team, “the most exciting part of this research is that it offers the promise of direct disease modeling, allowing for the creation,… Keep Reading

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