Scientists unveil first MS stem cell model

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Scientists unveil first MS stem cell model

Postby MSUK » Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:30 am

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Australian researchers have developed the world's first stem cell model of multiple sclerosis, opening up new ways to study the disease and test treatments.

The deputy director of Monash University's immunology and stem cell laboratory, Claude Bernard, said he and his colleagues had used skin cells from MS sufferers to create induced pluripotent stem cells that have the capacity to become brain cells targeted by the disease.

This effectively creates a ''disease in a dish'' that can be replicated and studied by researchers who have previously had only blood cells, autopsy tissue and cerebrospinal fluid to work on. The cells also mean scientists can avoid using human embryos, overcoming ethical concerns....Read More - http://www.msrc.co.uk/index.cfm/fuseact ... ageid/1405
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Re: Scientists unveil first MS stem cell model

Postby CureOrBust » Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:58 pm

I do not like the sounds of this possibility, although the ability certainly appears to hold great potential for testing of new treatments. It implies to me that every cell in our body holds the disease :((
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