Scientists at the Oregon Health and Science University and the Oregon National Primate Research Centre(ONPRC) have announced that they have succeeded in turning human skin cells into early-stage embryos. These can then be used create specialised tissue to treat disease.
Shoukhrat Mitalipov, Senior Scientist at the ONPRC, said the technique could help treat diseases, including Parkinson’s.
He said: “Parkinson’s disease is caused by dysfunction of very few types of cells. Basically, they’re a type of neurons that are not producing enough some chemicals – and in many patients these cells are actually gone, they died off.