Scientists develop new way to create stem cells
Japanese scientists say they've developed a new method for creating stem cells, one that involves dipping blood cells into acid.
So far, the scientists had found the acid method successful only in mouse blood cells, but they are now hoping to see if they can achieve the same results with human blood cells. Still, they've described their findings as a “game changer,” “remarkable” and a “major scientific discovery.”
Because stem cells can transform into any other type of cell, their behavior is critical to a growing field of research into regenerating body parts to help heal the body. This study, published in the journal Nature, suggests that such technology involving stem cells could become cheaper, faster and safer. But the researchers said that the nature of stem cells are not yet understood, and extensive research is needed before stem cell-based therapies can be developed.