Scientists obtain mature neurons from stem cells in the lab to improve the study of neurodegenerative diseases

IBEC researcher Zaida Álvarez and UB researcher Alberto Ortega have produced the first highly mature neurons grown in the lab from pluripotent stem cells using a synthetic matrix. Until now, neurons obtained from stem cells were insufficiently mature. This discovery opens new doors for research into neurodegenerative diseases and traumatic injuries, as well as for the development of new drugs and therapies.

Fluorescent images of human neurons
Fluorescence image of a neuron culture (labelled in red, green and blue).

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