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Medical Gene therapy and stem cells unite

  1. Oct 13, 2011 #1


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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15272081" [Broken]
    and from the research paper linked in the article:
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  3. Oct 13, 2011 #2


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    One of my greatest hates in the media is how they report stem cell medicine. Research into stem cell therapies, especially iPSCs (which are amazing) has huge promise but not for a long while yet. Unfortunately the media trumps along any incremental improvement in science as a miracle milestone. In my opinion it raises too much false hope in people with dire diseases.

    On a less depressing note Virus-free induction of pluripotency and subsequent excision of reprogramming factors by Kaji et al 2009 is one of the best pieces of research I came across this year. In it they outline a remarkable mechanism for using virus free gene therapy to insert pluripotency inducing genes into a cell with the capability to remove the genes afterwards.
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