Method May Transform Cells Without Cloning

May 3, 2002 | Source: New York Times

A team of scientists at the University of Oslo Medical School and Nucleotech say they are developing a technique that transforms one type of cell from the body into another type without using cloning or embryonic stem cells.

The scientists made human skin cells in a test tube behave as if they were immune system cells and previous converted skin cells to nerve cells. The work promises a new approach to tissue replacement therapy while avoiding controversial therapeutic cloning.