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December 16, 2014

Cutting Out the Cellular Middleman: New Technology Directly Reprograms Skin Fibroblasts For a New Role

Penn study has implications for new skin disease treatments

As the main component of connective tissue in the body, fibroblasts are the most common type of cell. Taking advantage of that ready availability, scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the Wistar Institute, Boston University School of Medicine, and New Jersey Institute of Technology have discovered a way to repurpose fibroblasts into functional melanocytes, the body's pigment-producing cells. Read more ...

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Scientists and clinicians at Penn Medicine and elsewhere have been expanding our knowledge of the harm that football and some other sports can do to the brain and coming up with ways to detect and treat brain injuries sooner. Concussion has drawn the most attention, but a newer focus is chronic traumatic encephalopathy. In addition, Penn researchers are working on ways to detect and treat traumatic brain injuries caused by battlefield blast waves.

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