A simple lab treatment can turn ordinary cells from mice into stem cells, according to a surprising study that hints at a possible new way to grow tissue for treating illnesses like diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. The feat is being hailed as a “game changer” in the quest to grow transplant tissue in the lab.
Cells from skin, muscle, fat and other tissue of new born mice appeared to go through the same change, which could be triggered by exposing cells to any of a variety of stressful situations, researcher’s said. Scientists hope to harness stem cells to replace defective tissue in a wide variety of diseases. By making stem cells from the patient, they can get around the problem of transplant rejection.
The new approach could smash cost and technical barriers in stem cell research, said independent commentators.