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Monday, December 3, 2007

Can Adult Skin Cells Really Become Embryonic?

Hans Keirstead of UC Irvine, who works with human embyronic stem cells, said, “This breakthrough creates a new source of stem cells that will come from adults. That’s very positive. But the more important thing is the technique used to do it. Scientists will be able to use the technique to create new cellular models of disease — everything from Huntington’s disease to spinal atrophy. We can try to develop treatments with those models.

“But the cells produced with this new technique aren’t exactly human embryonic stem cells. They’re embyronic-like. We don’t know exactly how close they are to the real thing. But we know they’re not the same. And we know that these stem cells can lead to a higher incidence of cancer in research mice. So the cells are not ideal.

“We definitely should not stop the work we’re already doing on lines of human embyronic stem cells.” http://sciencedude.freedomblogging.com/

Sidney Golub chairs the Human Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee at the University of California , Irvine . In addition to alleviating concerns over embryonic stem cells, the new techniques may reduce the need to carry out somatic cell nuclear transfer, a controversial technique that uses harvested eggs to clone cells, he said. Such a procedure is used to create animal clones, such as Dolly the sheep, and is being explored as a way to create human stem cell lines. "This approach, if generally applicable, may be a good alternative to somatic cell nuclear transfer," he said. "If it turns out to be a good alternative, obtaining donated human oocytes [eggs] may be less important for research progress."

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