Researchers have created Stem Cell Lines for 10 Diseases including Diabetes
Researchers at Harvard University have created stem cell lines for 10 diseases using adult skin cells.
The "reprogramming" method was introduced last November -- this process involves taking skin cells and changing them into those that resemble embryonic stem cells.
These cells can then be coaxed into different tissue types. The Harvard researchers created stem cells lines for 10 diseases, including Type-One Diabetes, Parkinson's, A-L-S and Down's Syndrome.
They plan on watching the cells progress in the lab to see what goes right and what goes wrong.
The researchers have made the stem cell lines available to researchers around the world, hopefully excelerating research projects. However, they say studies on embryonic stem cells are still very important.
- The reprogramming process is called induced pluripotent stem cells, and involved using 4 genes and a virus to alter the cells.
- The stem cells were taken from individuals age 1 month to 57 years.