Converting Fibroblasts to Neurons

Converting Fibroblasts to Neurons
September 9, 2016

In the human body, there are cells and there are cell-ebrities. The billions of red blood cells carrying oxygen through the body are not allowed to have a nucleus and thus can’t reproduce for themselves. Keratinocyte skin cells’ only job is to create a protein that will turn it into a stiff, lifeless scale to be brushed off the skin millions of times per day.

What a Pain!

UNC School of Medicine researchers have found a new treatment for chronic pain, which is pain that lasts for months and affects 116 million people. Scientists discovered an enzyme that blocks the reception of pain signals by sensors in the skin. It could lead to safer and more effective pain medications.