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Oct

A team of scientists at the Cambridge-based Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research has identified a compound that can reverse some of the toxicity that occurs in brain cells created from Parkinson’s disease patients’ stem cells. Patients who had an aggressive genetic form of Parkinson’s provided skin samples to create stem cells from. From these stem cells they created the neurons that are afflicted in Parkinson’s. They then used these nerve cells to test the compound they had identified and found that it reversed the signs of pathology seen in Parkinson’s. It is still a long way from being converted into a medicine that people can take but a very interesting piece of research. For more information read here.