A recent study by Lerner and his colleagues at The Scripps Research Institute reports that adult bone marrow cells were induced to develop into brain cells through the administration of a single antibody. Through a large degree of luck, these researchers stumbled upon a simpler and less risky technique of transdifferentiation that contrasts with the current cumbersome and delicate process of deprogramming and nurturing stem cells to develop as different adult cell types. The fact that the activation of a single receptor could lead to complete transdifferentiation inspires much hope for the treatment of various medical conditions including but not limited to spinal injury, ischemic stroke, and neurodegenerative conditions. For the original article from, see above (or below, because I don’t know how this post is going to look)!