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Autism recreated from stem cells in lab study

Posted Feb 03 2011 12:00am

INDUCED PLURIPOTENT STEM CELLS (IPSC) are not the stem cells we usually hear about because they are human skin cells (typically) that are regressed to an embryonic state.  The problem with the is that they carry the genetic abnormalities of the donor and they form cysts and tumors like embryonic stem cells.  SO they are useless for treating diseases until these problems are resolved.  Or are they?  Scientists have used IPSC to grow cells with Autism.  They can now follow the path of the disease  almost from embryo to fully mature cells and will learn a lot more about it. – dg

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“We show very clearly that autism is a biological disease that is caused by a developmental defect directly affecting brain cells.”

Stem cell research news: Autism recreated from stem cells in lab study – Gilbert Special Needs Kids | Examiner.com .

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