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 Nerve cells made from elderly patient's skin cells

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Date posted: 11/08/2008

Researchers at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Columbia University have generated motor neurons from reprogrammed skin cells of an elderly patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The study shows iPS cells can be made from patients of any age with specific diseases, although they may be more difficult the older the patient is. Other researchers have been developing iPS cell lines for Alzheimer's disease, Down's syndrome, muscular dystrophy, and more.

Implants made of the patient's own flesh, are not rejected by the immune system, and so no immuno-suppressant drugs are necessary. This makes them ideal for neuroprosthetic grafts.

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