Functional nerve cells from skin cells
SCI researchers have contributed to a study describing a new method of generating mature nerve cells from skin cells could greatly enhance understanding of neurodegenerative diseases, and could accelerate the development of new drugs and stem cell-based regenerative medicine.
Full article in Development.
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