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Parkinson's stem cell breakthrough

24th August 2011

Scientists led by a team from Edinburgh University have for the first time generated stem cells from one of the most rapidly progressing forms of Parkinson's disease.

Researchers, working in collaboration with University College London (UCL) and funded by a £300,000 grant from the charity Parkinson’s UK, used skin samples from a patient with the condition to create brain nerve cells. The development could help scientists determine why certain nerve cells die and will also make it easier to test new drugs which could slow or halt progress of the disease.

 

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