August 22, 2005

Skin Cells Converted to Stem Cells

In what may be an end run around the current debate on embryonic stem cell research, a Harvard research team announced that they have turned ordinary skin cells into what appears to be embryonic stem cells.

Apart from avoiding the ethical quagmire, these new skin cells match EXACTLY the DNA of the donor.  Until now, the only way to offer an exact replica was  therapeutic cloning, creating an embryo than killing it to harvest its stem cells.

Posted by Jill Fallon at August 22, 2005 7:36 PM | Permalink