Human skin cells can be transformed into blood without first being sent through a primordial, stem-cell-like state, according to a ground-breaking study.Important scientific breakthrough with a nice little play on words built in. Well played, Mr. Callaway.
The breakthrough, published online today in Nature, follows work earlier this year showing that fibroblast cells from mouse skin, treated with the right cocktail of chemicals, can be transformed into neurons and heart muscle. However, it is the first study to accomplish this feat with human cells, and the first to create progenitor cells -- in this case for blood.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
I see what you did there: "Sanguine about the possibilities."
Cellular 'alchemy' transforms skin into blood: Scientific American: