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    Going From One Cell Type to Another Without Using Stem Cells

    In an unprecedented flourish of genetic alchemy, scientists used a virus to coax one type of cell to become another, without the intermediate stem cell step.The research, conducted with cells from the pancreas, could soon be used to treat people with diabetes -- but its long-term impacts could be even greater.
    "This represents a parallel approach for how to make cells in regenerative medicine," said Douglas Melton, co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. "And now that it's shown that you can turn one of your cells into another, it makes you think of what other cells you'd like to convert."

    http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2...e-cell-ma.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhope
    In an unprecedented flourish of genetic alchemy, scientists used a virus to coax one type of cell to become another, without the intermediate stem cell step.The research, conducted with cells from the pancreas, could soon be used to treat people with diabetes -- but its long-term impacts could be even greater.
    "This represents a parallel approach for how to make cells in regenerative medicine," said Douglas Melton, co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. "And now that it's shown that you can turn one of your cells into another, it makes you think of what other cells you'd like to convert."

    http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2...e-cell-ma.html
    jhope, this article makes a very important point. We don't necessarily have to use stem cells. What we need are specific cells to replace the ones that are missing.

    Wise.

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