Scientists grow brain cells in a dish

June 16, 2005 | Source: CNN

Scientists have discovered a way to create new mice brain cells in a dish, using stem cells.

If the discovery also applied to humans, it could be possible to generate enough of a patient’s own stem cells to restore damaged brain function. Since the recipient of a transplant would also be the donor, the procedure could also be carried out without the need for immune system suppressing drugs.