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    Vitamin C is key to creating stem cells

    Vitamin C is key to creating stem cells
    Vitamin C could be used to overcome hurdles in creating stem cells for treating human diseases, scientists believe.

    Published: 5:00PM GMT 24 Dec 2009

    The vitamin boosts the reprogramming of adult cells to give them the properties of embryonic stem cells.

    Scientists who made the discovery believe it may help them overcome long-standing problems in creating the reprogrammed cells, called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).

    IPSCs offer a solution to the ethical problems involved in producing embryonic stem cells with the potential to become any kind of human tissue, from bone to brain.

    Embryonic stem cells have to be extracted by cannibalising early stage embryos obtained from fertility clinics. IPSCs, on the other hand, are made in the laboratory from ordinary adult cells by altering their genes.

    Many experts believe iPSCs are the future of stem cell medicine, since they behave in a similar way to embryonic stem cells and are also capable of developing into a wide range of tissues.

    The conversion of ordinary cells into iPSCs is highly inefficient and difficult to achieve. Often the cells age prematurely and stop dividing or may die, a process known as senescence.

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    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/he...tem-cells.html

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    We are working with Duanqing Pei. He heads the Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health funded by the Chinese Academy of Science, the Central Government, and the Guang Dong province. With over 500 investigators, this institute is committed to developing induced pluripotent stem cells to treat spinal cord injury in human. He gave the keynote lecture at the Academy of Interdisciplinary Neurotraumatology meeting that the ChinaSCINet co-hosted in Hong Kong. He is a very good man.

    Wise.

    Originally posted by manouli View Post
    Vitamin C is key to creating stem cells
    Vitamin C could be used to overcome hurdles in creating stem cells for treating human diseases, scientists believe.

    Published: 5:00PM GMT 24 Dec 2009

    The vitamin boosts the reprogramming of adult cells to give them the properties of embryonic stem cells.

    Scientists who made the discovery believe it may help them overcome long-standing problems in creating the reprogrammed cells, called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).

    IPSCs offer a solution to the ethical problems involved in producing embryonic stem cells with the potential to become any kind of human tissue, from bone to brain.

    Embryonic stem cells have to be extracted by cannibalising early stage embryos obtained from fertility clinics. IPSCs, on the other hand, are made in the laboratory from ordinary adult cells by altering their genes.

    Many experts believe iPSCs are the future of stem cell medicine, since they behave in a similar way to embryonic stem cells and are also capable of developing into a wide range of tissues.

    The conversion of ordinary cells into iPSCs is highly inefficient and difficult to achieve. Often the cells age prematurely and stop dividing or may die, a process known as senescence.

    more...

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/he...tem-cells.html

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