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Genetic Parkinson’s disease brain cells made in lab

The BBC reports that scientists in the US have successfully made human brain cells in the lab that are an exact replica of genetically caused Parkinson’s disease. A news item dated 8 February 2012 on the BBC website quotes Dr Jian Feng who led the investigations: “This is the first time that human dopamine neurons have ever been generated from Parkinson’s disease patients with parkin mutations”. Further information may be obtained by consulting the journal Nature Communications, volume 3, article 668.

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