Monday, September 14, 2009

Stem Cells from Fat?!

I'm sure I don't have to explain to anyone browsing a blog about Alzheimer's what stem cells are and how they might help those suffering from AD. reports today that multipurpose stem cells can be created easily from liposuctioned adipose tissue.
(T)he Stanford study has shown fat cells can be a player in the quickly evolving area of iPS stem cell research, not because they have their own stem cells but because the fat cells can be turned into iPS cells....The method that uses fat cells can be as much as six weeks faster (than using skin cells)... because the cells retrieved through liposuction are so plentiful, they can start reprogramming right away and have iPS cells in about two weeks.
I know it will be years before anything comes of this.  But it is encouraging that stem cell research won't be stopped anymore and mixed up with the question of abortion.  Unless right-wing people suddenly decide liposuction is a religious issue!
stem cells from fat?
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