Adult skin cells have been transformed into neural stem cells, a feat that could lead to treatments for neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

The achievement, by researcher Siddharthan Chandran and colleagues at the University of Cambridge in the UK, could provide a much-needed alternative source of neural stem cells.

“This study provides a platform for further experimental studies and raises the possibility of generating nerve cells from an individual’s own skin cells, thus overcoming issues of rejection of transplanted nerve cells from other donors,” says Chandran.

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