Breakthrough in stem cell treatment for Parkinson's

November 7, 2014 11:05 AM

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Breakthrough in stem cell treatment for Parkinson's

Parkinson's disease is caused by the gradual loss of dopamine-producing cells in the brain. Dopamine is a brain chemical that, among other things, helps regulate movement and emotional responses.

Human embryonic stem cells - precursor cells that have the potential to become any cell of the body - are a promising source of new dopamine cells, but they have proved difficult to harness for this purpose.

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