Scientists create Parkinson’s disease in a dish

6 noviembre 2014

A team of scientists created a human stem cell disease model of Parkinson’s disease in a dish. Studying a pair of identical twins, one affected and one unaffected with Parkinson’s disease, another unrelated Parkinson’s patient, and four healthy control subjects, the scientists were able to observe key features of the disease in the laboratory, specifically differences in the patients’ neurons’ ability to produce dopamine, the molecule that is deficient in Parkinson’s disease.