January 29, 2014 | Jana

Sometimes I find it really hard to think outside the box. I'm sure scientists looking for creative research ideas do too. So I'm amazed to hear about a new technique that takes a totally different approach to sourcing stem cells.

Japanese researchers dipped blood cells into acid. The pH shock triggered their transformation into stem cells. It's a really surprising finding. Could it crack the problem of finding an easy, ethical source of stem cells for personalised medicine?

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The research was done with mouse blood cells. Human blood cells will be tested soon.

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Image: Flickr/PNNL - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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Bean

March 17, 2014 at 22:08

It's a shame that this research is flawed and that it can't be replicated. It's all over the press at the moment. I feel bad for the scientists who do work so hard and are truthful in their research. At least it shows that you can't get away with making big claims in science if it's not backed up properly. It's also reassuring that it was questioned by so many other scientists.

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