Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Skin Cells Become Beating Heart Tissue

Skin Cells Become Beating Heart Tissue » Secondhand Smoke | A First Things Blog: Good ethics and good science are an unbeatable combination.  For example, I believe that in part due to President Bush’s keeping the focus on the value of human embryonic life, scientists looked for ways to get the hoped for benefits of embryonic stem cells, without destroying or cloning embryos. This led to the induced pluripotent stem cell breakthrough that takes normal cells, changes them to stem cells, and thence into other types of tissue. Now, an important IPSC study has shown that skin cells made into cardiac cells function well in the heart.

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