Breakthrough in the development of a possible Parkinson's treatment
Scientists at University of California San Diego (UCSD) recently demonstrated a one-step process of converting astrocytes (supporting cells in the brain without cognitive functions) into neurons (the brain's nerve cells that communicate with other cells).
The researcher's report on nature.com shows that this gene therapy permanently reversed Parkinson's symptoms in a mouse. The mice that had the therapy done remained symptom-free for the rest of their lives.
William Mobley, a UCSD professor of neurosciences, said: "I was stunned at what I saw. This whole new strategy for treating neurodegeneration gives hope that it may be possible to help even those with advanced disease."
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