Can Parky Women Provide Their OWN Stem Cells?
According to a report on Reuters yesterday, stem cells from the lining of a woman’s uterus transformed into brain cells when they were injected into mice whose brains had damage resembling Parkinson’s disease.
The findings suggest that women with Parkinson’s could serve as their own stem cell donors, the team at Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut said.
And because the cells are easy to find, banks of tissue-matched endometrial stem cells could be set up, they said.
“Endometrial tissue is probably the most readily available, safest, most easily attainable source of stem cells that is currently available. We hope the cells we derived are the first of many types that will be used to treat a variety of diseases,” said Yale’s Dr. Hugh Taylor.
“I think this is just the tip of the iceberg for what we will be able to do with these cells,” added Taylor, whose findings are published in the Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine.
Very interesting! And this story seems to be the talk of the Parky Blogosphere this morning.
Another small step in the right direction!
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