Scientists in Oregon have taken another step toward using human skin cells to make embryonic stem cells.
Embryonic cells are capable of turning into any type of cell, like nerve, liver and heart cells.
Researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University are using a process that transplants a cell's nucleus into an egg cell with no genetic material, so that unfertilized egg can develop and produce stem cells.
Scientists hope they can use this process someday to treat diseases like Parkinson's and spinal cord injuries.
This study is from Oregon Health Science University and the Oregon National Primate Research Center, and is published in the journal ‘Cel'l.
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