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HOW A RETROVIRUS CAN KICK-START BRAIN REPAIR

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Researchers used a retrovirus to regenerate neurons after a brain injury and in Alzheimer’s models. The method may lead to therapies for an array of neurological disorders.

Gong Chen, a professor of biology, the Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences at Penn State, and the leader of the research team, calls the method a breakthrough in the long journey toward brain repair.

“This technology may be developed into a new therapeutic treatment for traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurological disorders,” Chen says. The research appears in the journal Cell Stem Cell.

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