Australian scientists have found a new way of treating incurable diseases with the help of stem cells, as researchers from the University of NSW have discovered a method of generating stems cells from human skin. These cells are also known as induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells.
The new method found by researchers does not involve the risk of introducing troublesome "foreign DNA". Associate Professor Kuldip Sidhu said that Japanese scientists were the first who developed this advanced technique of making iPS cells in 2007.
"One of the difficulties of the iPS cell technology is the cells are generated by the use of viral particles. There has been a fear that, while the technology was very robust, you could introduce foreign DNA to the genome”, said Dr. Sidhu.
The fear of introducing foreign DNA has been eliminated in this technique that does not involve viral particles, but require an extract taken from embryonic stem cells.
The extracts from embryonic stem cells allow the processed cell to become pluripotent, which have an ability of developing into a range of different cells or tissues in the body.
Because of this capability of the stem cells, they are considered as the best to live up to the hopes of scientists for the treatment of the incurable diseases.