Saturday, December 26, 2009

Method of the year 2009

Nature Methods has selected induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells as its Method of the Year 2009, a contest we discussed a few months ago [See The Method of the Year].

The fantastic discovery that somatic cells can be reprogrammed to a pluripotent state by the expression of a transcription factor cocktail has had a great impact for basic research, diagnosis and cell therapy. Indeed, these cells have potential uses in in vitro disease modeling, toxicology and pharmacology, and regenerative medicine.

Be sure to check Nature's Special Feature, in which "a series of articles—and the related video —showcase how induced pluripotency is coming into its own in 2009 as a tool for discovery in both basic and disease biology and explore the incredible impact this area promises to have in biological research".

Here's the aforementioned video:

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