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Details Discovered On How Human Stem Cells become Nerve Cells In Research Funded By The ALS Association; Findings Suggest Routes To New Therapies For Lou Gehrig's Disease


10/19/2005 5:12:38 PM

CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 7, 2005--Investigators funded by The ALS Association (ALSA) have shown for the first time that human stem cells can be made to become motor neurons, the cells of the nervous system destroyed by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. The research details the sequence of molecular events that guide embryonic stem cells into becoming motor neurons, the cells that make muscles contract. ALS is commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

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