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Genetic engineering has given us so much possibilities toward the advancement of medical technologies and being able to reprogram blood cells into neural stem cells may help in finding treatment for a whole host of illnesses.
Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the stem cell institute HI-STEM* in Heidelberg have succeeded for the first time in directly reprogramming human blood cells into a previously unknown type of neural stem cell.
These induced stem cells are similar to those that occur during the early embryonic development of the central nervous system. They can be modified and multiplied indefinitely in the culture dish and can represent an important basis for the development of regenerative therapies.
So what other benefits will we have from this research? Rei from DKFZ shares more.
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