The Cellular Dynamics Corporation is now offering neurons that have been created from stem cells. These fully functional neurons can be used to study a wide variety of neurological diseases, such as Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and ALS. The press release notes that:
“iCell Neurons exhibit the typical physiological characteristics and responses of the neurons with which we are born. These neurons quickly form connective neuronal networks that are electrophysiologically active, making them useful in a variety of applications commonly used in neuroscience research, including cell viability, ATP production, oxidative stress, neurite outgrowth, electrophysiology, and synaptic neurotransmission assays. CDI’s proprietary manufacturing capabilities enable the production of iCell Neurons in industrial quantities with greater than 95% purity”
The bioengineering corporations are now capable of creating a few select human cells from pluripotent stem cells, but within the next decade every type of human cell should be offered for sale.