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Stanford scientists turn adult skin cells into muscle and vice versa
Date:4/30/2009

man skin nuclei to produce mouse muscle genes and induce the muscle nuclei to produce human skin geneseffectively transforming the cell from one type to the other.

"Reprogramming mature cells will likely complement the use of embryonic stem cells in regenerating tissues," said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. "By elucidating the regulators of reprogramming, as the Stanford group is doing, it may be possible to generate replacement cells in cases where stem cells are not present or not appropriate."


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