An update on stem cell research related to neuromuscular disease as of July 2009
posted on July 1, 2009 - 5:17pm
Stem cells — immature cells with the potential to develop into different tissue types — have been heralded as a major advance for developing treatments for a variety of diseases. That’s true for diseases of the nerves and muscles, where such cells could potentially be transplanted into the body and either support or replace a patient’s ailing cells.
Omitting a step in which stem cells are grown in serum seems to push them toward nerve-cell development, with options
posted on May 11, 2009 - 11:12am
Researchers at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research in La Jolla, Calif., and the University of California at Los Angeles, say they've developed immature nerve cells that are flexible enough to become multiple nervous-system cell types but committed enough not to become other types of cells or form tumors.