How Is ALS Diagnosed and Treated Through Stem Cells?

Stem cells could ultimately play a key role in disease treatment. The most logical use would be to distribute growth factors or neuroprotective chemicals to motor neurons in the spinal cord using stem cells or cells produced from them. These stem cell transplants are still in the early phases of clinical studies, but they tend to be safe. Additionally, healthy astrocyte transplantation has the potential to be advantageous in maintaining motor neurons in the brain and spine. While it is intriguing to replace aging motor neurons with new ones produced from stem cells, employing stem cells as a delivery method to offer trophic factors to motor neurons is a much more practical and realistic strategy.