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No Embryo Needed!! Scientists Say They Turned Skin Cells to Stem Cells

Science & Tech  (tags: US, embryos, human skin cells, embryonic stem cells, embryo cloning, stem cells, no controversy, "direct reprogramming" )

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Scientists have made ordinary human skin cells take on the chameleon-like powers of embryonic stem cells, a startling breakthrough that might someday deliver the medical payoffs of embryo cloning without the controversy.."direct reprogramming"


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Jennie B (14)
Tuesday November 20, 2007, 4:04 pm
This would be great-no more far right rhetoric about "killing" future humans....what a relief that would be! Maybe we could really make a difference in saving lives already born with awful diseases which we are ALL subject to particularly as we age. There's no time like NOW to FIND some solutions using stem cells or skin cells or some means. Meanwhile, while the U.S. bogged down in backward thinking, Europe has gone ahead w/stem cell research-wonder how long before they will share the results with us and how costly that will be. Noted

Lisa Swift (79)
Wednesday November 21, 2007, 6:51 pm
If this works out, it'll be a godsend for people with diseases like Tim and I have. But the last time a scientific procedure like this was announced, it proved to be a dud.

The Europeans are already sharing their results through scientific papers put out for peer review in the various medical journals. One would hope that our scientists can base their research on the European papers, or they will have to re-invent the wheel, so to speak. When European BigPharma produces medications based on this research, though, even if the FDA approves them, they'll cost an arm and a leg to buy.
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