Vastari’s Tech Rants

The insane recommendations of a maniac.

New way to make embryonic stem cells from skin

Well, this is great news. And somewhat technologically related. Anyway:

Scientists have found a way to turn skin cells into embryonic stem cells without the need to use an egg or destroy an embryo in the process.

If the breakthrough, achieved in mice, can be repeated using human tissue, it could make somatic cell nuclear transfer, or therapeutic cloning, unnecessary.

Embryonic stem cells that were perfectly matched to a patient could be created from a simple skin biopsy, avoiding any obvious ethical concerns. Like whether or not you are killing a human being.

Most impressive though: “In the most stringent test, the cells were used to create live mice.” Cloning!!!

Well, let’s hope we can figure out how to do it with human skin cells too. Think of the medical applications….Plus those guys are going to be disgustingly rich….Well I guess it does pay to work hard and be smart…

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November 21, 2007 - Posted by | Technology, World News

1 Comment »

  1. Wow, that sounds like an amazing feat. It would really get around all the politics behind the practice and push science into the next generation.

    We’ll have to see where this tech goes and if it has long term practical implications.

    Comment by Jerad Kaliher | November 24, 2007


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