Alternative to Stem Cells?


Exposure to acidic culture conditions makes cells revert to an immature state. In a study, mice cells exposed to acidic culture for a week were found to have regressed to a developmentally immature state, even more immature than embryonic stem cells. As stem cells research is a sensitive issue, this mechanism could be used to create cells which have pluripotency, or the ability to transform into any type of cell, just like stem cells.


Down To Earth, March 2014