22 Aug 2005 Stem Cell Breakthrough?
A page one Washington Post story Monday says researchers have learned to create embryonic stem cells from skin cells.
Says the Post:
The approach… is still in an early stage of development. But if further studies confirm its usefulness, it could offer an end run around the heated social and religious debate that has for years overshadowed the field of human embryonic stem cell research.Since the new stem cells in this technique are essentially rejuvenated versions of a person’s own skin cells, the DNA in those new stem cells matches the DNA of the person who provided the skin cells. In theory at least, that means that any tissues grown from those newly minted stem cells could be transplanted into the person to treat a disease without much risk that they would be rejected…
Read the entire Post story here.