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Researchers Accidentally Reprogram Mature Brain Cells

11:30 EDT 12 Oct 2018 | Discover Magazine

Sometimes, the best discoveries are the ones you make by accident. Molecular biologists at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center can attest to that: The team announced in a new paper in the journal Stem Cell Reports that they’d unintentionally reprogrammed one type of mature neuron into another — all without first reverting it to a stem-cell stage. As you might’ve guessed, yes, when scientists want to change a brain cell that’s already settled into its specialized role into

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