Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Wow: Making (Personalized!) Stem Cells From Blood

Some exciting news from the University of Cambridge:
A patient's own blood has been used to make personalised stem cells, which doctors hope will eventually be used to treat a range of diseases.

The team at the University of Cambridge says this could be one of the easiest and safest sources of stem cells.

In a study, published in the journal Stem Cells: Translational Medicine, the cells were used to build blood vessels.

However, experts cautioned that the safety of using such stem cells was still unclear.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One of the Ted Talks about stem cells was about the lower rejection rate of organs grown from the stem cells of the patient and from the organ being replaced.

Maybe this doesn't always have to be the case but it also shows that embryonic stem cells are not the only way.

- wodun