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New Zealand scientists have made a breakthrough in stem cell research, taking a cure for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease one step closer. While the study has found what is preventing some stem cells from becoming neurons, scientists at Auckland's University Centre for Brain Research have pinned down the culprit at a cellular level.
Th17 cells, a relatively recently discovered unique subset of T lymphocytes, play a role in host defense against extracellular pathogens by mediating the recruitment of neutrophils and macrophages to infected tissues. Aberrant regulation of Th17 cells may play a significant role in the pathogenesis of multiple inflammatory and autoimmune disorders. Image from http://www.biolegend.com/