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Skin Cells Directly Converted into Motor Neurons

News   Sep 11, 2017 | Original Story by Julia Evangelou Strait for Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

 
Skin Cells Directly Converted into Motor Neurons

Scientists have discovered a new way to convert human skin cells directly into motor neurons (above). The technique, developed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, could help researchers better understand diseases of motor neurons, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Human motor neurons are difficult to study since they can't be taken from living patients. The motor neurons pictured were converted from skin cells sampled from a healthy 42-year-old woman. Credit: Daniel Abernathy, Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis

 
 
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