No, it's not a cheap science fiction film: it's the revival of a long forgotten suggestion that these cells may have an important role to play in MS, as agents of both damage and repair:
Astrocytes-Friends or foes in multiple sclerosis?
Williams A, Piaton G, Lubetzki C.
Inserm, U711, Université Pierre and Marie Curie, Faculté de médecine, IFR 70, Paris F‐75013, France.
In multiple sclerosis (MS), the presence of demyelinating plaques has concentrated researchers' minds ...