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Nobel Prize to Non-Embryonic Stem Cell Pioneers

This is good news: The Nobel Prize in Medicine is going to the doctors who discovered that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent, Sir John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka. One of the main benefits of this approach is that it removes the need for embryonic stem cells.

Dr. Yamanaka has won respect for his comments noting that the embryos he worked with in a dish were little different from his own daughters. This moral compunction was apparently a motivating force in his desire to find an alternative to embryonic stem cells.

“’When I saw the embryo, I suddenly realized there was such a small difference between it and my daughters,’ said Dr. Yamanaka.” The New York Times

You can read the full press release on the Nobel Prize website.

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