Researchers have now successfully reprogrammed human skin cells to become embryonic stem cells capable of transforming into any other cell type in the body.
The research breakthrough, led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov, Ph.D., a senior scientist at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), follows previous success in transforming monkey skin cells into embryonic stem cells in 2007.
The technique used is a variation of a commonly used method called somatic cell nuclear transfer, or SCNT. It involves transplanting the nucleus of one cell, containing an individual’s DNA, into an egg cell that has had its genetic material removed. The unfertilized egg cell then develops and eventually produces stem cells.
Read the entire ONPRC announcement here.