iPS Cells Part 2: Drug Development for Intractable Diseases
Japanese researchers are using a new method to develop drugs to treat rare or incurable diseases. They're using iPS cells, which can turn into any cell in the body, to recreate symptoms outside the body and test different drugs on them. We look at how the method is being applied to ALS and an extremely rare disease which affects one in 2 million people and results in bones growing in muscle tissues.
FOP is an incurable disease in which bones grow in the muscles
Drugs are being developed to treat this disease using iPS cells
This ALS patient has high hopes for drug development
A patient's plea for a cure for his incurable disease prompted research on it