Briggs Commends Discovery that Speeds up Production of Cells

News Release from Miles Briggs MSP:

Briggs Commends Discovery that Speeds up Production of Cells

Miles Briggs welcomes the discovery, by researchers at the University of Edinburgh, that speeds up the production of cells. The discovery could be used when studying diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The discovery could also be used in a wide range of research that requires that production of cells. The two molecules that are used for converting the cells are SMAD2 and SMAD3, which can convert cells to any other type of cell in the body. When adding either of these two molecules researchers were able to convert skin cells to brain cell twice as fast, taking 25 days, instead of 50 days.  The study, published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, was funded by the European Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Medical Research Council, Swedish Research Council and Wellcome. 

Miles Briggs comments:

“I congratulate the Medical Research Council Centre for Regenerative Medicine at Edinburgh University for this ground-breaking discovery. This is yet another example of pioneering research carried out by the University of Edinburgh to further medical science. This discovery has great potential to improve research into a range of diseases and ultimately how these diseases can be cured.”


Miles Briggs