Chinese develop live mice by reprogramming skin cells

The ability of Chinese scientists to reprogram skin cells of mice to a primordial, embryonic state that resulted in the birth of live offspring may bring scientists a step closer to creating medically useful stem cell lines for treating human disease. “The novelty resides in producing mice using induced pluripotent stem cells in the most stringent assay of pluripotency [a term for cells that give rise to all tissues in the body]” said Gustavo Mostoslavsky, MD, PhD., assistant professor of medicine.

Contact Gustavo Mostoslavsky, (617) 638-6532,  gmostosl@bu.edu

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