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Discovery puts designer dopamine neurons within reach

Discovery puts designer dopamine neurons within reach Parkinson's disease researchers discover a way to reprogram the genome

Discovery puts designer dopamine neurons within reach Parkinson's disease researchers discover a way to reprogram the genome

For decades, the elusive holy grail in Parkinson’s disease research has been finding a way to repair faulty dopamine neurons and put them back into patients, where they will start producing dopamine again. Researchers have used fetal material, which is difficult to obtain and of variable quality. Embryonic stem cells represented a tremendous innovation, but making dopamine neurons from stem cells is a long process with a low yield.

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