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Scientists Use Stem Cells, Skin Cells to Create Brain Cells Lost to Alzheimer's
Sunday, March 06, 2011 - Business Week (HealthDay News)
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In what experts are calling a significant step forward in Alzheimer's research, scientists have for the first time turned human embryonic stem cells and a form of human skin cell into a type of brain cell that's lost to Alzheimer's disease.

The disease-induced destruction of these cells, which are called "basal forebrain cholinergic" (BFC) neurons, is key to the progression of Alzheimer's. Their death, say researchers, leads to memory-retrieval problems, one of the most disabling aspects of the illness. Similarly, BFC loss also impairs spatial learning.

But the new study suggests that scientists could someday create a virtually unlimited supply of these neurons in a laboratory setting.

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