USC scientists surmount big obstacle to reprogram cells

USC scientists have surmounted a big roadblock in regenerative medicine that has so far constrained the ability to use repurposed cells to treat diseases.

The researchers figured out how to reprogram cells to switch their identity much more reliably than present capabilities. The technique uses enzymes to untangle reprogramming DNA somewhat similar to how a coiffeur conditions tangled hair. The technique works with near-perfect efficiency – in animals and humans – for all types of cells tested in the laboratories of USC Stem Cell Center.

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