Heart on a Sleeve: Researchers Chemically Alter Skin Cells into Heart and Brain Cells

May 2, 2016

(Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News) – Cellular reprogramming of stem cells derived from one tissue type into a different vastly different tissue typically requires the labor-intensive use of external genes to modify and coax the existing genetic machinery down the desired path. Now, scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have established what they believe is a major breakthrough for stem cell research. The researchers were able to transform skin cells into heart cells and brain cells using only a combination of chemicals.