Adult stem cells can produce brain cells, study shows
Published in the Asbury Park Press 03/29/05
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Experiments involving chicken eggs may have hatched a major advance in stem cell research, as investigators watched adult human stem cells develop into functioning brain cells.

Experts hope that, someday, adult stem cells from a patient's own bone marrow might be used to regrow and replace brain or spinal cord cells lost to injury or disease. That goal had been elusive, however, because adult stem cells have failed to produce significant amounts of neurons.

Until now, that is.

"We found that bone marrow stem cells did make neurons in the environment of the regenerating embryonic (chick) spinal cord," said senior researcher Joel C. Glover, of the Institute of Basic Medical Science at the University of Oslo, in Norway.