Killing of the iPS Field?

Zhao et al. Nature. Embryonic stem cells are associated with numerous ethical dilemmas. The creation of equivalents of ES cells through retrodifferentiation led to a new area of research that does not require destruction of life. Specifically, it was discovered that any adult cell can be transfected with several genes, which results in the cell…

UW Researchers Make Stem Cell Breakthrough

Seung Park, Badger Herald Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have made a breakthrough in stem cell research. Igor Slukvin headed the team that has successfully reprogrammed bone marrow cells into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). “This is important because blood banks have huge amounts of samples of bone marrow,” he said. “You can select…

Using Stem Cells to Study Alcohol Dependence

One of the major advancements in the area of stem cell research has been the establishment of techniques for "retro-differentiating" of old cells into younger cells. Perhaps one of the best examples of this is the discovery by the Japanese group of Yamanaka the skin cells can be coaxed to take the resemblance of embryonic…