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"Just by the production of four proteins in skin cells
from the tail of a mouse, some of the cells were given many of the characteristics of embryo stem cells."
At the very earliest stages of development, an embryo is an undifferentiated mass of cells, rather than blood cells, neurons, skin cells
, muscle cells, etc.
Yossi Buganim of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) and his team discovered a set of genes capable of transforming murine skin cells
into all three of the cell types that comprise the early embryo: the embryo itself, the placenta and the extraembryonic tissues, such as the umbilical cord.
Yossi Buganim of HU's Department of Developmental Biology and Cancer Research and his team discovered a set of genes capable of transforming murine skin cells
into all three of the cell types that comprise the early embryo: the embryo itself, the placenta and the extra-embryonic tissues, such as the umbilical cord.
In the future, it may be possible to create entire human embryos out of human skin cells
, without the need for sperm or eggs.
"I cannot see any intrinsic, morally significant difference between a mature skin cell
, the totipotent stem cell derived from it, and a fertilised egg," writes Savulescu.
The researchers don't yet know what causes female skin cells
to have more VGLL3.
In a cell culture study, synthetic melanin was taken up by human skin cells
. They were distributed normally by the keratinocytes in the epidermis, but they also protected human skin cells
from UV radiation damage.
And importantly, avoiding a stem cell state allows the resulting motor neurons to retain the age of the original skin cells
and, therefore, the age of the patient.
SCIENTISTS have created healthy baby mice made from skin cells
in a world first.
TEHRAN (FNA)- In a first for medical science, pharmacy researchers turn skin cells
into cancer-hunting stem cells that destroy brain tumors known as glioblastoma -- a discovery that can offer, for the first time in more than 30 years, a new and more effective treatment for the disease.