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Cellular Reprogramming Could Benefit Those With Cerebral Palsy

Exciting medical research is being conducted in Ohio, and people with cerebral palsy could greatly benefit.

Scientists at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland believe they have learned how to transform skin cells into brain cells, a process known as "cellular reprogramming."

"We are taking a readily accessible and abundant cell and completely switching its identity to become a highly valuable cell for therapy," said Paul Tesar, assistant professor of genetics and genome sciences.

In theory, doctors could then transplant these transformed cells into patients who have damaged or missing cells, such as those with cerebral palsy. The research is still in early stages - scientists have only performed cellular reprogramming with mice - but it certainly looks promising to those with cerebral palsy or other brain-related birth injuries.

Cutting-edge treatment for cerebral palsy is expensive. If you believe your child's cerebral palsy was caused by medical negligence, a birth injury lawsuit could help recover damages to improve his or her quality of life.

Source: Disability Scoop, "Study Points To Treatment For Cerebral Palsy," Shaun Heasley, April 16, 2013

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