Researchers at the University of Bonn artificially derive brain stem cells directly from the connective tissue of mice
Thursday, 22 March 2012
The Japanese stem cell researcher Professor Shinya Yamanaka and his team produced stem cells from the connective tissue cells of mice for the first time in 2006; these cells can differentiate into all types of body cells. These induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) develop via reprogramming into a type of embryonic stage. This result made the scientific community sit up and take notice. If as many stem cells as desired can be produced from conventional body cells, this holds great potential for medical developments and drug research.
Marc Thier, Philipp Wörsdörfer, Yenal B. Lakes, Raphaela Gorris, Stefan Herms, Thoralf Opitz, Dominic Seiferling, Tamara Quandel, Per Hoffmann, Markus M. Nöthen, Oliver Brüstle, and Frank Edenhofer
Cell Stem Cell, DOI: 10.1016/j.stem.2012.03.003
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