Researchers Transform Skin Cells into Blood Cells (Video)
Scientists at McMaster University have made history with a process that could supersede the use of some stem cell transplants.
Canadian researchers at McMaster University made scientific history when they successfully converted human skin cells into red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelet forming cells. Mick Bhatia, who heads up the team, hopes this process may be able to supersede the use of some stem cell transplants. Not only would this development help mitigate the political controversy surrounding stem cell research, but would also minimize the cancer causing effects of stem cells.
The benefit of these fast replicating cells is also their curse as they run the risk of regenerating uncontrollably, thereby becoming cancerous. By transforming skins cells directly into fully formed adult blood cells Bhatia and the McMaster team hope to bypass the risk caused by stem cells' generative process.