Single Virus Used To Convert Adult Cells To Embryonic Stem Cell-Like Cells, Whitehead Institute Study  
12/16/2008 7:24:44 AM

EurekAlert! -- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Dec. 15, 2008) — Whitehead Institute researchers have greatly simplified the creation of so-called induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, cutting the number of viruses used in the reprogramming process from four to one. Scientists hope that these embryonic stem-cell-like cells could eventually be used to treat such ailments as Parkinson's disease and diabetes.