Human skin cells ordered to be embryonic stem cells

Human skin cells ordered to be embryonic stem cells

As expected, genetics evolves everyday and finds more new and unexpected solutions to some of the most puzzling problems we have faced yet. Such a problem was the ethical side of using embrionic stem cells. But now, it seems it won’t be necessary to figure out whether it’s ethical or not, because we can bypass it.

This is because UCLA stem cell scientists have reprogrammed human skin cells into cells with the same unlimited properties as embryonic stem cells without using embryos or eggs. Led by scientists Kathrin Plath and William Lowry they used what is called a genetic alteration to rewind time for the human skin cells and they were able to create cells which are nearly identical to human embryonic stem cells (which also have the ability to become every cell type).

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  1. Josh

    “…it won’t be necessary to figure out whether it’s ethical or not…”

    Yes it will, because embryo research is not just for stem cells. Embryo research is also essential for discovering the processes behind teratogenic effects and birth defects.

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