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Japan Science

Acid Bath Offers Easy Path To Stem Cells 71

ananyo writes "In 2006, Japanese researchers reported a technique for creating cells that have the embryonic ability to turn into almost any cell type in the mammalian body — the now-famous induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. In papers published this week in Nature, another Japanese team says that it has come up with a surprisingly simple method — exposure to stress, including a low pH — that can make cells that are even more malleable than iPS cells, and do it faster and more efficiently. The work so far has focused on mouse white blood cells but the group are now trying to make the method work with cells from adult humans. If they're successful, that would dramatically speed up the process of creating stem cells for potential clinical applications."
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Acid Bath Offers Easy Path To Stem Cells

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  • Wait? (Score:1, Insightful)

    by argStyopa ( 232550 ) on Wednesday January 29, 2014 @09:49AM (#46099741) Journal

    Wait...I thought that the ban on stem-cell-farming from unborn babies was going to stunt US stem-cell research forever?

    I'm certain there were dozens of stories on slashot (at least) excoriating that absurd Luddite Bush for banning such practices, saying that the US would be stuck in a medical Dark Age while the rest of the world leaped forward with stem-cell, it's almost like the ban worked to encourage scientists worldwide to find alternative ways to get stem cells that will ultimately be therapeutically MORE useful?

  • by morgauxo ( 974071 ) on Wednesday January 29, 2014 @09:55AM (#46099787)

    I would certainly prefer a treatment made with my own cells, with my own DNA over one made from some embryo.

Much of the excitement we get out of our work is that we don't really know what we are doing. -- E. Dijkstra