Published in Blood Weekly, November 23rd, 2000
It turns out that even cadavers can supply the incredibly versatile brain stem cells - master cells which can turn into different kinds of brain and nerve cells - once thought available only from fetal tissue.
So can skin. And it appears that just about every bone stem cell can be tweaked to produce brain cells.
"It's an extraordinarily exciting field," said Ronald D.G. McKay, of the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Several reports to the Society for Neuroscience seem to offer yet more possible solutions to the ethical dilemma...
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