How to treat Parkinson’s with astrocytes

Parkinson’s disease is characterized by neuronal loss in the brain’s substantia nigra region. What if another cell type, namely, astrocytes, could replace them?

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The work of two research groups recently published shows that, at least in mice, transforming astrocytes (a non-neuronal cell type in the brain) into neurons is possible and that this change reverts partly the movement defects of Parkinson’s disease.

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