A Cure for Parkinson's?
The article "A Cure for Parkinson's? Replacing Damaged Brain Cells Shows Promise" discusses how researchers found that by converting glial cells into dopamine producing cells, decreased the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. In the brains of patients with Parkinson's disease the dopamine producing cells become destroyed or damaged which leads to the motor control symptoms like tremors and balance issues. Researchers have been trying to find a way to replace or repair these dopamine cells. So, Professor Arenas and his colleagues from the Karolinska Instituet in Sweden, focused on transforming cells into dopamine producing cells. They converted glial cells, astrocytes, into dopamine producing cells. Then placed these cells into mice with Parkinson's and the mice showed less symptoms of the disease. This research allows them to possibly find a cure for a disease that many people have been waiting for,