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Stem cell study could aid motor neurone disease research
A team from the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh and Cardiff has created a range of motor neurons - nerves cells that send messages from the brain and spine to other parts of the body - from human embryonic stem cells in the laboratory.
"Although motor neurons are often considered as a single group, they represent a diverse collection of neuronal subtypes. The ability to create a range of different motor neurons is a key step in understanding the basis of selective subtype vulnerability in conditions such as motor neuron disease and spinal muscular atrophy."
"Motor neurons differ in their make-up, so understanding why some are more vulnerable than others to disease is important for developing treatment for this devastating condition."
Posted on 03/03/2011
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