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- Researchers Use Stem Cells to Create Disease Models
- August 28, 2010
- By David Bauman - UConn Today
UConn researchers have used skin cells from patients with the genetic disorders Angelman syndrome (AS) and Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) to generate induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. Like human embryonic stem (hES) cells, iPS cells can become any cell type in the human body, including brain cells, also known as neurons. Since both of these syndromes have brain abnormalities, neurons were produced from the iPS cells for each of the two diseases so that the root causes could be understood and new therapies developed.