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Stem Cell Treatment Breakthrough for Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS)

A new technique for reprogramming cells has allowed scientists to grow neurons from cell samples donated by people suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) that genetically match the bad cells in the spinal cords of ALS patients. This breakthrough may lead to an understanding of how the disease develops and further advancement in stem cell therapy. Stem cells have the capability of developing into various cell types in the body and can act as a repair system within the body. The stem cells can continue to divide and replace other cells in the body as long as the body lives. Stem cells divide and each new cell can remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a specialized function.

A new technique for reprogramming cells has allowed scientists to grow neurons from cell samples donated by people suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) that genetically match the bad cells in the spinal cords of ALS patients. This breakthrough may lead to an understanding of how the disease develops and further advancement in stem cell therapy. Stem cells have the capability of developing into various cell types in the body and can act as a repair system within the body. The stem cells can continue to divide and replace other cells in the body as long as the body lives. Stem cells divide and each new cell can remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a specialized function.

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