Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Preliminary research indicates aged adult stem cells can be made younger

Dr. Vincent Giampapa from the CellHealth Institute presented at the Vatican Stem Cell Conference a preliminary study which indicates that adult stem cells can be reprogrammed into a younger state. Giampapa says the study has implications in treating chronic conditions and improving the overall health of elder patients.

"Although this is a pilot study, this is the first time that adult stem cells have been functionally reprogrammed to act as younger versions of themselves, The implications for future use in the restoration of immune function as well as the cell regeneration in aging humans is plausible. It's early days, but the signs are there to give us great hope as we move forward into the next phases of research." said Giampapa about the findings.

Interview with Vincent Giampapa

Recently, researchers from the Lund University in Sweden published a very similar study in which they used iPSCs technology to rejevenate mouse hematopoietic stem cells. You can check it out here.

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