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Breakthrough in Equine Stem Cell Research

April 2014 by Sophie Barrington, Assistant Editor, Horses and People Magazine

Researchers at the Univeristy of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute have made an advancement in equine stem cell development, which may benefit horses suffering from neurological diseases like grass sickness. The stem cells may also pave the way from cell therapies that target conditions similar to motor neuron disease.

Using skin cells from a young horse, the researchers successfully turned them into stem cells using a technique that was originally developed for human cells. The re-programmed cells are pluripotent, which means they can be induced to become any type of cell in the body.