Researchers produce mice from skin cells
The study, published in Nature, showed that adult cells can be reprogrammed backward in their development, until they have the characteristics of embryonic stem cells.
Observers said it was remarkable and promising news for the future of stem cell research.
Researchers hope that the Study’s results ultimately lead to the ability to treat diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, hearing loss, or spinal cord damage with a patient’s own cells. It is preferable to use the patient’s own cells over another’s cells because of the risk of rejection.
Researchers estimate that these treatments are at least 15 to 20 years away.
Reprogramming mouse skin cells to grow into complete mice required a decade’s worth of advances in mouse genetics, genetic engineering, stem cell biology and reproductive technology.
Today, the skin-derived mice continue to live in air-conditioned comfort in La Jolla.