Can neurons be replaced?

Researchers are investigating replacing neurons lost in neurodegenerative disorders and stroke. One approach is to transplant small groups of neurons into the damaged areas. Scientists are concentrating on growing neurons successfully in the laboratory. Alternatively, the remaining neurons can be encouraged to grow and divide, like other cells in the body. Researchers have found that under the right conditions, adult brain cells can indeed regenerate.

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Transplanted brain cells that make dopamine.

 

Principal Funder:

Wellcome trust

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GlaxoSmithKline life technologies