Advances in Nerve-Cell Production

A Procedure that Converts Bone Marrow Stem Cells into Neurons Could Provide Treatments for Spinal Cord Injury and Brain Trauma.

(PISCATAWAY, NJ) Researchers at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School reported that they successfully converted stem cells taken from adult human bone marrow into nerve cells. The stem cells were placed in a culture and treated with a serum containing antioxidants and chemical growth factor. Approximately 80% of the treated cells converted into nerve cells. This breakthrough raises the hopes for new treatments to repair spinal cord injuries, strokes, and degenerative brain diseases. The findings are being published in the Journal of Neuroscience Research. For more information visit