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Skin Cells Turned Into Brain Cells in Lab Study, Gladstone Institute Reveals  
6/8/2012 7:00:22 AM

A single genetic tweak is all that is needed to turn ordinary skin cells into functioning brain cells, scientists have shown. The research could help to treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other brain diseases. Working in the laboratory, US scientists transferred a single gene called Sox2 into both mouse and human skin cells.