Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Yamanaka win Nobel Prize for iPS cells

Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University and John Gurdon of Britain have jointly won this year's Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for development of a multipurpose stem cell that has the potential to grow into any type of body tissue.

Yamanaka and Gurdon discovered that mature and specialized cells "can be reprogrammed to become immature cells capable of developing into all tissues of the body," the Nobel Assembly at Sweden's Karolinska Institute said.

Yamanaka, 50,  was given the coveted prize only six years after the announcement of his development of the induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, which was successfully produced from mice in 2006 and from human skin cells in 2007.

The iPS cells are believed to have great potential for regenerative medicine and development of new drugs.

Congratulations!! (^o^)

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