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Monday, December 14, 2015

PD and Genome reprograming

Parkinson’s disease researchers discover a way to reprogram the genome to produce dopamine neurons
December 8, 2015

Image shows a protein found only in neurons (red) and an enzyme that synthesizes dopamine (green). Cell DNA is labeled in blue. (credit: Jian Feng, University at Buffalo) 
May enable researchers to generate patient-specific neurons to be transplanted into the brain to repair faulty neurons; also a generic way to change cells from one type to another
Parkinson’s disease researchers at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo have developed a way to ramp up the conversion of skin cells into neurons that can produce dopamine. For decades, the elusive holy grail in Parkinson’s disease research has been finding a way to repair faulty dopamine neurons … more…

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