Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Stem Cell Discovery Could Help Advance Alzheimer's Research

by RTTNews Staff Writer

New research appearing in the current edition of the journal Stem Cells details how a team of researchers at the Northwestern Medical Center have converted a set of stem cells into a critical neuron that dies as Alzheimer's disease begins to develop.

According to the research team, the new development will allow for further inquiries into the nature of these neurons, why they die and how to prevent their death.

"Now that we have learned how to make these cells, we can study them in a tissue culture dish and figure out what we can do to prevent them from dying," says lead research Dr. Jack Kessler in a statement.

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