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Date:12/9/2009

-author Bindu Kutty, PhD. "They also protect existing brain cells, especially following an injury or other neurological insult."

Further study is needed, especially to understand the underlying repair mechanism and the apparent starring role of growth factor in brain health. Although the current study shows in the lab that brain-cell transplants can restore function, "more studies along these lines using appropriate animal models are required to find definitive answers about the safety and efficacy of such approaches," said Kutty. "We are still some way from achieving a new therapy based on these findings."


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