Stem cell 'major discovery' claimed

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    Jan 31, 2014 3:36 PM GMT
    This could be huge

    Scientists in Japan showed stem cells can now be made quickly just by dipping blood cells into acid.

    Stem cells can transform into any tissue and are already being trialled for healing the eye, heart and brain.

    The latest development, published in the journal Nature, could make the technology cheaper, faster and safer.

    The human body is built of cells with a specific role - nerve cells, liver cells, muscle cells - and that role is fixed.

    However, stem cells can become any other type of cell, and they have become a major field of research in medicine for their potential to regenerate the body.

    Embryos are one, ethically charged, source of stem cells. Nobel prize winning research also showed that skin cells could be "genetically reprogrammed" to become stem cells (termed induced pluripotent stem cells).
  • PolitiMAC

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    Jan 31, 2014 10:40 PM GMT
    Excellent. I had no problem with the way they had to do it beforehand, as the embryo had the only purpose of supplying the stem cells.

    With this new way of getting them, this will help so many people on such a great scale.

    You know, as long as it can be done economically and safely icon_razz.gif

    Let's see if the scare mongers hate even THIS way to get them icon_wink.gif