Human glia, mouse brain

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Glia are non-neuronal cells in the brain that support, protect and strengthen neurons and their synaptic connections. Glial dysfunction is thought to be involved in various neurological disorders, including Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and certain psychiatric conditions. Researchers may now have a new tool for examining the role of glia in these and other diseases, thanks to a group of neuroscientists led by Martha Windrem and Steven A. Goldman (University of Rochester Medical Center, NY). They recently reported the generation of mice whose glial cells were of predominately human origin.

Lab Anim. (NY) 44, 4 (2015).
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