New Research Shows Stem Cell Alternative Gaining Ground

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Study shows progress with stem cell alternative

**FILE**In this Oct. 22, 2008 file photo, research associate Crystal Pacutin pulls a frozen vial of human embryonic stem cells at the University of Michigan Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Mich. For all the headlines about the medical promise of embryonic stem cells, there is a sobering reality. The science to prove that promise will take years, and the people who ultimately might benefit most are those who aren't yet sick. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

NEW YORK (AP) - Scientists are reporting new progress in a method of creating stem cells without using embryos.

Experts say it's a more efficient way of reprogramming skin cells so they can turn into stem cells.

Embryonic stem cells, which have the ability to morph into any type of cell, continue to be controversial because embryos are destroyed.

One expert says the new approach in cell reprogramming might be
the first practical way to make stem cells to create new tissue for
conditions like diabetes and Parkinson's disease.

The reprogramming technique was first reported in 2007, and scientists have been working to fine-tune it. The new work was published online today by the journal Cell Stem Cell.

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