iPSC21 - Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Bank
Our team will generate induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from a sample of your skin. These very special stem cells are an immortal cell line capable of unlimited self renewal and differentiation into any human body cell type.
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What are Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells?
iPSCs are derived from adult cells such as skin cells that have been reprogrammed back into an embryonic-like pluripotent state. The generated iPSCs can perform unlimited self-renewal and can be differentiated into any cell type in the human body. For example, they can become beta islet cells to treat or research diabetes, or neurons to treat or research neurological disorders.
In 2006, Japanese scientists led by nobel price winner Shinya Yamanaka converted skin cells with a variety of transcription factors (proteins that can turn genes “on” or “off”) to genetically “reprogram” them to be stem cells, which he called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).