Safer Way Found to Make Stem Cells From Skin
Marks major step in stem-cell treatment of diseases
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Mar 2, 2009 5:05 AM CST
The new technique uses a DNA thread instead of a virus to transport the cell-transforming genes.   (Shutter stock)
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(Newser) – Scientists have found a safer way to make stem cells from ordinary human skin cells, a discovery that could render obsolete the debate on using embryonic cells for research on Parkinson's, diabetes, cancer and spinal injury treatments, Reuters reports. The new technique uses a DNA thread instead of a virus—which can cause mutations, even cancer—to inject the cell-reprogramming genes.