Immature cells from bone marrow are able to travel to the brain and become fully functioning brain cells, scientists have found.

They believe the findings could eventually inspire novel treatments for brain trauma and diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

A team from the US National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke examined post mortem samples from female patients who had received bone marrow transplants from male donors.

Scientists searched brain tissue for cells containing the Y-chromosome which is only found in male cells, and therefore must have come from the donor. More here.