Dopamine producing cells cloned to treat Parkinson's diseaseBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7142.1407a (Published 09 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1407
- Abi Berger, science correspondent
Scientists in Colorado have succeeded in cloning dopamine producing cells that could one day be used to treat Parkinson's disease.
Transplantation of dopamine cells into the brains of people with Parkinson's disease has been under trial as a treatment for the disease for several years. Traditionally, the dopamine containing cells have been retrieved from human embryos, but this source is limited and raises ethical dilemmas, so alternative molecular options are being explored.
Now, Curt Freed and his colleagues at the University of …