Boffins hail 'leap forward' over stem cells
CANCER patients or those suffering from Parkinson's disease may not have to wait for donors in future, following a "huge leap" forward in stem cell production, scientists have said.
Researchers have simplified and improved the laborious three-week process, so that it can now be completed within days and with 100pc efficiency.
This means doctors could eventually treat patients much more quickly using their own cells, rather than performing a risky transplant.
Jacob Hanna, assistant professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and one of the team behind the discovery, said:"We now really understand exactly how to make a stem cell from a skin cell safely and robustly."