January 28, 2010

WHY DOES THE SCIENCE ALWAYS END UP ON THE SIDE OF THE CRAZY CONSERVATIVES? (via Jim Yates):

Skin Cells Turned into Brain Cells : A simple approach shows that cells might be more flexible than once thought. (Emily Singer, 1/28/10, Technology Review)

Skin cells called fibroblasts can be transformed into neurons quickly and efficiently with just a few genetic tweaks, according to new research. The surprisingly simple conversion, which doesn't require the cells to be returned to an embryonic state, suggests that differentiated adult cells are much more flexible than previously thought.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 28, 2010 12:39 PM
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