DAVID GRANOVSKY

NEW STEM CELL FOUND IN THE BRAIN

In SCIENCE & STEM CELLS on May 26, 2010 at 3:08 am

Discovery of Stem Cell Illuminates Human Brain Evolution, Points to Therapies

ScienceDaily (May 24, 2010) — UCSF scientists have discovered a new stem cell in the developing human brain. The cell produces nerve cells that help form the neocortex — the site of higher cognitive function — and likely accounts for the dramatic expansion of the region in the lineages that lead to humans, the researchers say.

Future studies of these cells are expected to shed light on developmental diseases such as autism and schizophrenia and malformations of brain development, including microcephaly, lissencephaly and neuronal migration disorders, they say, as well as age-related illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease…

via Discovery of stem cell illuminates human brain evolution, points to therapies.

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