A Little Acid Turns Mouse Blood Into Brain, Heart And Stem Cells
“Biologist Haruko Obokata and her colleagues at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology say they’ve figured out a fast, easy way to make the most powerful cells in the world — embryonic stem cells — from just one blood cell.
The trick? Put white blood cells from a baby mouse in a mild acid solution, Obokata and her team report Wednesday in the journal Nature. Eventually a few stem cells emerge that can turn into any other cell in the body — skin, heart, liver or neurons, you name it.”
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Cool! Let’s hope it’s reproducible and works in humans.