Efficient process using microRNA converts human skin cells into neurons. Grow neurons from scratch.

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The addition of two particular gene snippets to a skin cell’s usual genetic material is enough to turn that cell into a fully functional neuron.

Will we be growing large brains?

The new capability to essentially grow neurons from scratch is a big step for neuroscience research, which has been stymied by the lack of human neurons for study

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