Thursday, December 6, 2007

New Stem Cells Reverse Sickle Cell Anemia

Two weeks ago scientists announced that they were able to use human skin cells in place of stem cells. This could eventually lead to replacing stem cell research, which is quite a sticky topic in our society.

From that advancement, a group of scientists have successfully succeeded in reversing sickle anemia in mice. The process worked by taking skin cells from the tails of mice with this condition, then they turn these cells into embryonic types (with the new anti-stem-cell process), and then they were reintroduced into these mice.

Once back in the mice these altered cells begin producing healthy blood cells, reversing the Sickle Cell Anemia.

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