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Caption: Researchers at Penn State University led by biologist Gong Chen have developed an innovative technology to regenerate functional neurons after brain injury, and also in model systems used for research on Alzheimer's disease. This technology may be developed into a new therapeutic treatment for traumatic brain and spinal-cord injuries, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and other neurological disorders. The scientists have used supporting cells of the central nervous system, glial cells, to regenerate healthy and functional neurons, shown in green in this image in the brain of a mouse with Alzheimer's disease. The red areas are the stained nuclei of neuron cells. More information is online at www.science.psu.edu/news-and-events/2013-news/Chen12-2013.
Credit: Gong Chen lab, Penn State University
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