Hold the Embryos: Genes turn skin into stem cells

By Patrick Barry, 15:58 PM April 15, 2008

In an advance that could solve many of the ethical and technical issues involved in stem cell research, two groups of scientists have independently converted human skin cells directly into stem cells without creating or destroying embryos.

"We are now in a position to be able to generate patient- and disease-specific stem cells without using human eggs or embryos," Shinya Yamanaka, leader of one of the research teams at Kyoto University in Japan, said in an e-mail interview.

Preliminary tests ...

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