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Patients' skin could repair MS damage

8th February 2013

The MS Society has welcomed research which suggests that it may be possible to use a patient’s own skin to repair the damage caused by multiple sclerosis.

Nerves struggle to communicate in MS as their insulating covering – known a myelin - is attacked by the immune system but the results of animal tests, described in the journal Cell Stem Cell, have now used modified skin cells to repair the insulation. The MS Society said myelin repair therapies were urgently needed in MS and was pleased researchers had been able to generate myelin making cells from human stem cells.

 

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