May 30, 2024

Stem cell developments

  • Canadian researchers have found that skin cells obtained from newly circumcised foreskins can differentiate into muscle cells, neurons and glia, including those which support the central nervous system. Research published in the journal Stem Cells by a team headed by Dr Jean Toma, of McGill University, suggests that skin stem cells could be used to treat neurodegenerative diseases. Although foreskin tissue is particularly easy to work with because it comes from children, the same process should work with other sources of skin.