Cloning produces stem cells from adult skin

Research could enable medical advances such as replacement organs

By Tina Hesman Saey, 15:30 PM April 18, 2014

Human cloning to produce stem cells works even with cells from middle-aged or elderly people, scientists report in the June 5 Cell Stem Cell, which appeared online April 17.

Last year, scientists described a cloning technique for reprogramming human cells to make stem cells. That technique, known as somatic cell nuclear transfer, fused mature cells from an infant to egg cells that had had their DNA-containing nuclei removed (SN: 6/15/13, p. 5).

In the new work, researchers used the same techniq...

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