Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Another Breakthrough for Ethical Stem Cell Alternative

Los Angeles, CA ( -- One of the alternatives to the use of embryonic stem cells has made another advance and, this time, induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, have yielded nerve cells. Researchers made a type of nerve cells from the iPS cells, which are embryonic-like cells reverted from their adult state.

The cells are hailed by pro-life groups as an ethical alternative to the use of embryonic stem cells, which can only be obtained by destroying human life.

A team at the University of California Los Angeles was able to make motor neurons out of the induced pluripotent stem cells and the scientists hope to make cells tailored to specific diseases for therapy.

By converting the iPS cells into motor neuron cells, scientists may be able to better treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Read the full story here.

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