Cardiac stem cells. Image by Gepstein Laboratory, via Wikimedia Commons
Scientists transform skin cells into valuable stem cells

Stem cells are amazing because in the body they can be converted into any other type of cells. However, in the lab they are difficult to study, amongst other reasons because they are hard to obtain. A group of scientists may have a solution: they were able to convert regular skin cells into stem cells. The research outlines an innovative way to obtain stem cells and provides the opportunity to study in detail cellular and genetic processes. Amazingly, the transformation was achieved by modifying only one gene in the original skin cells!

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