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The world's first pure nerve stem cells made from human embryonic stem cells has been created by scientists at the University of Edinburgh.
Tuesday, 16 August 2005, 07:15 GMT 08:15 UK
It is hoped the newly-created cells will eventually help scientists find new treatments for diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
BBC science correspondent Pallab Ghosh said the cells should help researchers test the effectiveness of new drugs.
Stem cells are "master" cells that can become many kinds of tissue.
Nerve stem cells are those which help build the brain and central nervous system.
The university's Dr Steven Pollard said: "This is incredibly exciting in terms of curing disease.
"We may be able to create the disease in a dish. If we do that, we'll be able to better understand the disease and also to test drugs."
Anthony H. Risser | neuroscience | neuropsychology | brain