Published in Gene Therapy Weekly, March 8th, 2001
In new research that builds upon previous work with atrophied brain cells, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine researchers have found that essential brain fibers that shrivel up and disappear in aged monkeys can be restored to normal levels with infusion of tissue that has been genetically altered to produce nerve growth factor (NGF), a naturally-occurring substance found in all vertebrate animals.
Like telephone wires, these fibers, called axons, are vital for transmitting messages to and...
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