WiCell Research institute is going to start a special kind of stem cell bank. This stem cell bank will offer special stem cells which are obtained from the skin cells by a reprogramming procedure.
This new bank is offering something that no other national bank has ever offered. No bank has ever offered cells which is not obtained from destroying human embryos.
They will be beginning the bank soon by offering three lines of mature human cells that were reprogrammed back to the embryonic state in the lab of University of Wisconsin-Madison stem cell pioneer James Thomson.
These cells can be ordered around the world by only signing an agreement which states that cells will only be used for nonprofit research and pay $900 per vial, plus shipping costs.
WiCell is the nonprofit subsidiary of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) created in 1998 to promote research in human embryonic stem cells.