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UC Irvine launches effort to develop patient-specific stem cell lines

UC Irvine neurobiologist Hans Keirstead and his research team launched a project Monday, May 14, to develop stem cell lines…

May 14, 2007

UC Irvine neurobiologist Hans Keirstead and his research team launched a project Monday, May 14, to develop stem cell lines that genetically match human patients. These lines would allow scientists to better study conditions ranging from diabetes to Parkinson’s disease, and they would provide the basis for potential patient-specific stem cell treatments. Keirstead will use a technique called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) in which a patient’s DNA is transplanted into a donated unfertilized egg cell in order to generate stem cell lines with the same genetic makeup of the patient. These lines have tremendous therapy potential because the human immune system is less likely to attack genetically identical cells.