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Talk about speedy work. Hot on the heels of the news that simply dipping adult mouse cells in acid could turn them into cells with the potential to turn into any cell in the body, it appears that the same thing may have been done using human cells.
Clearly this breakthrough has yet to be proven or published in a peer-review journal, but that does not mean that we should not be concerned.
“The team haven’t just made pluripotent cells like embryonic stem cells,” says José Silva from the University of Cambridge, “they appear to have made totipotent cells.” This means the cells have been rewound to a state with even more flexibility than pluripotent cells, which means they should be easier to manipulate. The only cells known to be totipotent – able to form an embryo and a placenta – in the body are those that have only undergone the first couple of cell divisions immediately after fertilisation. “They are like precursors to embryonic stem cells,” says Silva.
reply to post by AliceBleachWhite
I guess it would be cool to live until you didn't want to do so anymore. How long would it take for you to get bored and say it's time to pull the plug? 200 maybe 300 years? We won't see that stuff anyway, it'll be way overpriced and only the well off will be able to afford it. At least the human race progresses.
Anyone saying they're "bored" is essentially saying they're too stupid to entertain themselves.