From skin to brain: Stem cells without genetic modification

Published March 16, 2017

An article on PhysOrg reports on UB research that showed that adult skin cells can be converted into neural crest cells, a type of stem cell, without any genetic modification, and quotes Stelios Andreadis, professor and chair of chemical and biological engineering

"In medical applications this has tremendous potential because you can always get a skin biopsy," Andreadis says. "We can grow the cells to large numbers and reprogram them, without genetic modification. So, autologous cells derived from the patient can be used to treat devastating neurogenic diseases that are currently hampered by the lack of easily accessible cell sources."

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Articles also appeared in news outlets that include News-Medical, Bionity, (e)Science News, Nanowerk and Bioscience Technology.