Stem cells repair sense of smell Science Education for the Early Grades › Forums › Open Discussion › Stem cells repair sense of smell This topic has 0 replies, 0 voices, and was last updated 1 year, 1 month ago by Bernard Nebel. Viewing 0 reply threads Author Posts June 3, 2019 at 7:44 am #7581 Bernard NebelKeymaster BERIT WATKIN/FLICKR (CC BY 2.0) A drop of stem cells restores mice’s sense of smell By David ShultzMay. 31, 2019 , 5:10 PM A team of researchers has restored the sense of smell in a group of miceby grafting stem cells into the rodents’ noses according to new results published in Stem Cell Reports. The stem cells, which are known as “globose basal cells,” are precursors to fully developed olfactory neurons. Once implanted into mice through a simple “nose drop delivery,” the stem cells matured into working neurons and connected to the animal’s brains, restoring their sense of smell, which had been previously rendered nonfunctional by a mutation, The Scientist reports. Whether the treatment will work in humans will likely depend on whether scientists can find a source of similar precursor cells to use for the grafting procedure. What does this say for the future? Please comment. Author Posts Viewing 0 reply threads You must be logged in to reply to this topic.