A team of researchers at the University of Illinois led by doctors Fei Wang, Qiuhao Qu, and JianJun Cheng, have developed a fast and efficient technique for differentiating stem cells into motor neurons. The researchers added critical signaling molecules and growth factors to the cells much earlier than previous methods, resulting in twice the amount of neurons derived from the cells in half the time.
This new procedure will accelerate advances in developing regenerative therapies for various neurological diseases and injuries. The ability to quickly and efficiently produce motor neurons from stem cells enables scientists to study disease processes, screen potential drug treatments, and potentially restore lost neurological function to patients suffering from spinal cord injuries and diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Advances in stem cell based regenerative treatments are creating more effective treatment options for patients suffering from a wide variety of disease, trauma and injury. To learn more about stem cells, and how families can bank their own valuable stem cells by recovering the very powerful dental pulp stem cells during routine dental procedures; such as wisdom teeth extractions or the during the loss of baby teeth, visit StemSaveor call 877-783-6728 (877-StemSave) today.
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