In what usually takes months to accomplish after hurdling the controversial-ethical debate of using human stem cells for research. Scientists by adding acid, have successfully turned red blood cells into stem cells in just 30-minutes time.
Before you get too excited, the testing has only been successful with mice... and not yet performed on humans (yet). As soon as human testing goes underway, it is a HUGE step in advancing in numerous studies without the ethical debate hindering in anyway since no embryos would be harmed.
They started with mice, of course. Sure enough, when they exposed blood cells from mice to acid, a transformation began, While some of the blood cells died, many became stem cells within a couple of days. "It looks a bit too good to be true, but the number of experts who have reviewed and checked this, I'm sure that it is," Chris Mason, professor of regenerative medicine at University College London. "If this works in people as well as it does in mice, it looks faster, cheaper and possibly safer than other cell reprogramming technologies-personalized reprogrammed cell therapies may now be viable."