MEDIA ADVISORY: 09.30.10 Bioethicist Available to Discuss Latest News on Pluripotent Stem Cells
Earlier techniques for converting adult cells into so-called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) carried the risk of introducing genetic mutations, possibly causing cancer. The new technique “completely eliminates” that risk, according to the study. Further, the new technique, called RNA reprogramming, “may produce higher quality iPSCs,” according to the report.
Johnston says that the new technique may eventually allow stem cell research to stop using human embryos altogether, which would all but eliminate moral controversy surrounding the research. In the meantime, however, research involving embryonic stem cells is still needed to validate the new cells. A commentary by Johnston on the legal challenge to federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research appears in the current issue of The Scientist.
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