Programming at its Best: Skin Cells Compelled to Behave Like Brain Cells

October 24, 2014 2:03 PM

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Forget harvesting embryonic stem cells- what if we told you it was possible to compel skin cells to behave like, say brain cells? Sounds too good to be true? Well, that’s exactly what a team of scientists have managed to do. Converting human skin cells directly into brain cells by exposing skin cells to a particular combination of cell programming molecules is the major breakthrough and success in research by the scientists.

The cells in the study did not return to a stem cell stage first and they directly got converted into brain cells which is quite different from other studies done in the past and unlike many cell conversion techniques. Instead of a range of brain cells, the researchers also managed to reprogram the ...

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