A simple treatment using four small molecules converts human astrocytes - a common type of cells in the nervous system - into new neurons Image: Gong Chen Lab, Penn State
Simple drug formulation turns astrocytes into neurons - brain short science news

The biggest hurdle to recovery after neuronal damage is the fact that neurons do not divide. Cells known as astrocytes that support and insulate neurons can divide and infiltrate the side of nerve injury.

Now, scientists have developed a simple formula consisting of only four drugs that turn human astrocytes into functional neurons.

While these results were obtained in a lab dish, scientists say that an important step forward has been made for effective treatment of nerve injuries in the future.

Read the full story: Penn State
Scientific publication: Stem Cell Reports