Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Stem Cells Have Arrived

It's about time, researchers can take skin cells and convert them into stem cells using tech that's cheap and effective. "All they had to do, the scientists said, was add four genes. The genes reprogrammed the chromosomes of the skin cells, making the cells into blank slates that should be able to turn into any of the 220 cell types of the human body, be it heart, brain, blood or bone."

The big thing about this is the fact that because the stem cells will be produced by the person who needs them, tissue rejection is no longer an issue, thus opening the door to medical advancements in disease treatment and organ regeneration that remained the stuff of dreams before this approach to stem cell generation became available.

Click on the above graphic to get Physorg's perspective on this achievement, something that even Bush praised as a step in the right direction.

Addendum: Hurdles remain for this new technique but researches are confident this approach to creating stem cells will work as articulated by a recent Physorg report that can be accessed by clicking on the graphic below.

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