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Researchers grow ‘seed’ of spinal cord tissue in a dish

Posted by on September 3rd, 2014

Medical Research Council (MRC) scientists have for the first time managed to turn stem cells into the specialised cells that go on to form spinal cord, muscle and bone tissue in the growing embryo. Their discovery could lead to a new way of studying degenerative conditions such as spinal muscular atrophy, which affects the nerve[…]