Researchers from the University of science in Tokyo recently published their successful research findings. While the Human skin comprises of multiple cell types the lab developed skin has only been able to incorporate two of those cells meaning they are still a yardstick away from the real deal although the team is very confident about how very close they are to achieving this goal. The process of genetically engineering the skin cells and reverting the adult stem cells into pluripotent stem cells is known as induced pluripotent stem cells or iPS.
The iPS technology was pioneered by Shinya Yamanaka’s lab in Kyoto, Japan, who showed in 2006 that the introduction of four specific genes encoding transcription factors could convert adult cells into pluripotent stem cells. He was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize along with Sir John Gurdon “for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent.”
You should know this process hasn’t been tested on humans except mice and the results were a major breakthrough in iPS.
The team of researchers believe that one day this process could work on humans and they are currently developing ways for it’s feasibility.
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