Jan 312011

Scripps Research scientists convert skin cells to beating heart cells

 Scripps Research Institute scientists have converted adult skin cells directly into beating heart cells efficiently without having to first go through the laborious process of generating embryonic-like stem cells.

Note: if you need a new heart and you get one via this methodology, it’s *your* heart, and your body will recognize it as such. If you get a new heart (or liver, or patch of skin, or pancreas, or a set of nerve cells, whatever) that were created from someone else’s embryonic stem cells, then that is someone else’s tissue, and your body will spend the rest of its abreviated life trying to reject it, meaning you’ll be on immunosuppressants until you eventually keel over.

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