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Stem Cell Researcher Speaks of Discoveries

Stem cell researcher Dr. Shinya Yamanaka spoke at the Gladstone Institute in San Francisco on October 2, to present a new method for reprogramming skin cells from mice into embryonic-like cells that can differentiate into other types of cells. “If this approach works in human cells, it opens the door to finally generating patient-specific stem cells for therapeutic applications and discovery of disease mechanisms,” said Dr. Deepak Srivastava, director of the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease. “This represents a key hurdle in the stem cell field, and Shinya’s discovery may obviate many of the ethical concerns surrounding human embryonic stem cell research.”

Stem cell researcher Dr. Shinya Yamanaka spoke at the Gladstone Institute in San Francisco on October 2, to present a new method for reprogramming skin cells from mice into embryonic-like cells that can differentiate into other types of cells. If this approach works in human cells, it opens the door to finally generating patient-specific stem cells for therapeutic applications and discovery of disease mechanisms,” said Dr. Deepak Srivastava, director of the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease. “This represents a key hurdle in the stem cell field, and Shinya’s discovery may obviate many of the ethical concerns surrounding human embryonic stem cell research.”

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