Feeling of stiffness accompanied by frequent tremors, feeling of losing control of one's movements... About 170,000 people have these characteristic symptoms of Parkinson's disease. This neurodegenerative pathology is the 2nd most common in France. It results in a progressive degeneration of neurons that produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in motor functions. To date, there is no cure. The main treatment is oral dopamine precursor (levodopa) to alleviate motor symptoms. Nevertheless, due to its limited efficacy and possible side effects, other experimental approaches are being investigated. Among them is the transplantation of cells into the brains of patients.
The idea is not new. In the 1990s, embryonic cells from aborted fetuses capable of producing dopamine were transplanted into patients. But to break free...
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