For the first time in history, brain cells with deadly genetic mutation capacity have been generated in the British Laboratory. These brain cell mutations are basically linked to motor neuron disease.
This development of the brain cells has appeared as a positive step towards the fight against the deadly condition of the victims which includes the well known astrophysicist Professor Stephen Hawking.
The recent development has been made by a team of University of Edinburgh scientists, which constitutes Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, who was responsible for the successful development of the Sheep cloning project.
Here, he altered ordinary skin cells from the patients into "tainted" motor nerves. These nerves carried the defect.
Along with the mutation, the team also created the Glial support cells which aid the maintenance of neurons in the brain.
While not ruling out a direct cure further in the future, the researchers do not want to raise false hopes at this stage. The Edinburgh scientists are the main players in the research programme worth £800,000. It was launched and funded by the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Although, the disease appears to be causing harm in just 1% of the cases, yet, it has been proven that gene is present in brains of more than 90% of the people with the disease.
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