Converting cells into new neurons could lead to a pill that repairs brain damage

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“The biggest problem for brain repair is that neurons don’t regenerate after brain damage, because they don’t divide,” says Gong Chen, lead researcher on the study. “In contrast, glial cells, which gather around damaged brain tissue, can proliferate after brain injury. I believe turning glial cells that are the neighbors of dead neurons into new neurons is the best way to restore lost neuronal functions.”

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