Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Adult Stem Cells "Converted" Into Other Types

“We’re very excited about where this could lead because it overcomes many of the obstacles present with embryonic stem cells.”

That's James Hickman, University of Central Florida bioengineer, describing another adult stem cell breakthrough. In this case, stem cells from umbilical cords have been converted into other types of cells, a significant step forward in developing new treatments for spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, and other ailments related to the nervous system.

Here's Barbara Abney's story on this exciting event.