Shinya Yamanaka wins Kyoto Prize for creating a way to produce embryonic stem cells made from ordinary skin cells

A Japanese scientist who created the equivalent of embryonic stem cells from ordinary skin cells has won one of this year’s Kyoto Prizes and will receive a $550,000 prize. Shinya Yamanaka, 47, developed a way to reprogram skin cells so that they can be developed into all kinds of tissue, such as that of the heart or brain. This has vast potential to speed medical research, creating genetically matched cells for use in damaged parts of the body. He developed the method as an alternative to using embryonic stem cells, an approach that required embryos to be destroyed, raising complicated ethical questions that held back research.

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  • Aliensphere

    This is great. Destruction of human embryos must be stopped. Until now thousands of humans were destructed to produce “embryonic stem cells” that cured nothing, but induced tumors in naive patients. But many evil corporations invested much money into that kind of practices, so it seems that the real battle only begun.

  • Thegentrax

    He is a hero of new millenium. As a scientist I could not bear the unethical practices of using human embryos as a source of cells. Here is his publication:
    http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v465/n7299