Scientists produce stem cells for 10 diseases

August 11, 2008 9:29:52 AM PDT
Harvard scientists say they have used a new technique to create stems cells for 10 genetic diseases, a step they hope will speed up efforts to find new treatments. The researchers plan to make the cell lines readily available to other scientists.

Dr. George Daley and his colleagues at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute used ordinary skin cells and bone marrow from people with a variety of diseases, including Parkinson's and Down syndrome to produce the stem cells.

"I think we'll see in years ahead that this opens the door to a new way to treating degenerative diseases," said Doug Melton, co-director of the Harvard institute.

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