Monday, February 1, 2010

Fibroblasts to neurons

I missed the news: Nature reports that a team at Stanford has figured out how to directly convert (mouse) fibroblasts into functional (mouse) neurons. The process is far more efficient, and poses less of a cancer risk, than the most promising alternate process to date, which gets one from point A to point B only through an intermediate stage of induced pluripotency. Science Daily and Discover explain it so even you can understand.

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