Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Stem Cell Breakthrough At UW

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison believe they have developed a means to create stem cells without having to use embryonic stem cells. Similar advancements have been reported today at Kyoto University, as research labs rush to develop viable alternative technologies for stem cell development. Using cells generated from the foreskin of a newborn, the UW researchers, led by Dr. James Thomson, have been able to use viruses to cause the cells to regenerate, creating younger stem cells. The breakthrough has potential implications for treating Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease victims, and more wide ranging medical applications.

Good day to be UW alumni.

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