Friday, February 6, 2009

Scientists find embryo stem cell alternative

Scientists find embryo stem cell alternative

Posted Tue Feb 3, 2009 8:33am AEDT

Scientists in Melbourne have created stem cells lines they say could help them to investigate diseases without destroying human embryos.

The human induced pluripotent stem cells are an Australian first.

Researchers at the Monash Institute of Medical Research say the breakthrough means Australian scientists can reduce their reliance on cells imported from America and Japan.

The pluripotent stem cells are harvested from adult cells, and can be reprogrammed to respond like embryos during testing.

Researchers now intend to use the method to study Type 1 diabetes.

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