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Biotech

Submission + - Scientists Reprogram Adult Cells in Mice (washingtonpost.com)

Gospodin writes: "From the article: "Scientists have transformed one type of fully developed adult cell directly into another inside a living animal, a startling advance that could lead to cures for a variety of illnesses and sidestep the political and ethical quagmires associated with embryonic stem cell research."

These researchers have cured diabetes in mice by converting common pancreatic cells into insulin-producing ones. The same approach is now being tried with other types of cells. If this proves out, it could end the stem-cell debates, since the whole purpose of stem cell research is to use these cells to produce any other type of cell. This, in turn, could lead to novel types of disease treatment."

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