Reprogramming A Patient's Eye Cells May Herald New Treatments Against Degenerative Disease, University of Nebraska Medical Center Study

Published: Oct 23, 2009

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ScienceDaily (Oct. 23, 2009) — Scientists have overcome a key barrier to the clinical use of stem cells with a technique which transforms regular body cells into artificial stem cells without the need for introducing foreign genetic materials, which could be potentially harmful. The research, published in Stem Cells, suggests that cells taken from a patient's eye can be "reprogrammed" to replace or restore cells lost to degenerative diseases.

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