Scientists Create Stem Cells That Could Cure Major Diseases

August 8, 2008

Harvard scientists made the announcement on Thursday that they have developed 20 new stem cell lines which could lead to treatments and cures for diseases such as Parkinson's Down Syndrome, diabetes, etc..........Boston (ChattahBox) – Harvard scientists made the announcement on Thursday that they have developed 20 new stem cell lines which could lead to treatments and cures for diseases such as Parkinson’s Down Syndrome, diabetes, etc.

The new stem cell lines were taken from patients who already had a genetic illness, and are based on regular skin cells and bone marrow.

The cells from the patients are called, induced pluripotent stem cells, also known as iPD, and have been reprogrammed back to an embryonic stem cell. They will be held at the cell bank, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute in Boston.

These stem cells focus on 10 different diseases, including Parkinson’s, diabetes, and others.

The hope is that researchers can now learn more about these diseases, as they can watch their growth in a laboratory dish.

This could allow them to develop treatments and better prevention methods for complex degenerative diseases.

The research has been published in the journal Cell.


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