Scientists Create Stem Cells From Adult Skin Cells
The breakthrough could mean a cure for some serious diseases and even the possibility of human cloning, but it's all still a way off.By Kristian Mundahl | April 17, 2014
A breakthrough in human stem cell research could lead to the treatment of countless diseases, invaluable scientific research and yes, human cloning.
According to a study in the journal Cell Stem Cell, scientists have synthesized human embryonic stem cells from the cells of adults, creating two different lines from the skin of two donors.
Using the nuclear transfer method, scientists took DNA out of egg cells and replaced it with the donor DNA. The cells were basically reprogrammed, but of the 77 samples only two fully developed into cloned stem cells.