Brain cells with electrical firing. 3D rendering.
Microglia as Therapeutic Targets in Neurodegenerative Diseases
Pharmaceutical companies ramp up efforts to get the brain’s immune cells to help treat Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions, but not everyone agrees the approach will be effective.
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Microglia as Therapeutic Targets in Neurodegenerative Diseases
Microglia as Therapeutic Targets in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Pharmaceutical companies ramp up efforts to get the brain’s immune cells to help treat Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions, but not everyone agrees the approach will be effective.

Pharmaceutical companies ramp up efforts to get the brain’s immune cells to help treat Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions, but not everyone agrees the approach will be effective.

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Two oligodendrocyte progenitor cells are being generated from adult stem cells nestled on the surface of brain ventricle
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A microscopy image of a mouse brain that shows the lymphatic system in bright purple and pink
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