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Wikenigma - an Encyclopedia of Unknowns Wikenigma - an Encyclopedia of the Unknown

Neuropoiesis

Neuropoeisis is the process by which neural stem cells differentiate and grow into various types of adult neuronal cells.

Until the 1960s it was assumed that adult humans could not grow new nerve cells - this viewpoint is now proved to be untrue.

The ability to grow (or re-grow) neurons has profound implications for the deveopment of new treatments for neuological degenerative disorders (e.g. Alzheimer's diseaseplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigAlzheimer's disease

"Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic progressive neuro-degenerative disorder characterised by three primary groups of symptoms. The first group (cognitive dysfunction) includes memory loss, language difficulties, and executive dysfunction (that is, lo…
, Motor Neurone diseaseplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigMotor Neurone disease

Motor Neurone disease, also known as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Lou Gehrig's disease, are rare, progressive, neurological conditions that involve degeneration of the nerve cells (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscle m…
, Multiple sclerosisplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigMultiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system in which the coating around nerve fibres (myelin) is damaged, causing a range of symptoms varying in severity.

"“The cause of MS is unknown; however, it is believed to occur as a …
etc. ). Unfortunately, the bio-chemical mechanisms which control the differentiation are currently unknown.

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