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Paul Michaelson paul.michaelson at worldnet.att.net
Tue May 20 14:21:50 EST 1997


brians at interlog.com (Brian Scott) wrote:

>In article <3379ace4.1156390 at news.frii.com>,
>Paul Ostrof <paulo at frii.com> wrote:
>>What research is being done in regenerating dead brain cells?  Is any
>>progress being made?
>>

>Bringing dead brain cells back to life?!!!  Wow!  Neuroscientists can do 
>some pretty nifty things eh?  :-)

>If you're interested in replacing dead brain cells with new and fully 
>functional neurons then have a look at these papers for a start:

>Gage, FH, Coates, PW et al.  (1995).  Survival and differentiation of 
>adult neuronal progenitor cells transplanted to the adult brain.  Proc. 
>Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 92:11879-11883.

>Gage, FH, Ray, J and Fisher, LJ  (1995).  Isolation, characterization, 
>and use of stem cells from the CNS.  Annu. Rev. Neurosci., 18:159-92.


>These two articles deal with the use of multi-potent stem cells and/or 
>neural progenitors.  Look for transplantation in Parkinsons Disease too, 
>where non-neuronal cells are being engineered to produce dopamine or a 
>precursor.  There's lots of neat stuff going on.

>Brian



>-- 
>Brian Scott           | "A man is rich in proportion to the number of things 
>brians at interlog.com   |  which he can afford to let alone."
>Dept. of Physiology   |
>University of Toronto |  - Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Can you mention or reference anything like this going on for multiple
sclerosis?

Thanks, and take care.
Paul





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