Massachusetts researchers have found that the they have developed a method for generating induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) without the side effects.

The new study shows that that iPS cells can be grown using viruses that do not integrate themselves into the hosts’ genome, bypassing a problem that has undermined the success of previous iPS cells.

The new method can generate iPs cells without the permanent genetic damage previously associated with their design, and it represents a major step forward in the future application of iPS cells in a clinical setting,

However, the researchers say that it will be important to determine if human iPS cells generated in the future by this method are as potent as human embryonic stem cells for potential clinical applications.

Source: Chinaview