Autologous skin cells help man with Parkinson's

The world-first experiment was partially funded by the patient, thought to be an entrepreneurial doctor

Skin cells reprogrammed to produce dopamine that were inserted into the brain of a man with Parkinson's disease have allowed him to tie his shoes again and resume swimming and biking, researchers report.

illustration of the brain showing the putamen

The experimental treatment, initiated two years ago and financed partly by the patient, used the 69-year-old's own skin cells to create dopamine-releasing nerve cells.

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