Scientists devise stem line with sickle cell variation

05/29/2008 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

U.S. researchers were able to reprogram adult cells into embryonic-like stem cell lines that contain the mutation linked to sickle cell anemia within 12 to 14 days using four genes and SV40 large T antigen, a viral protein. "Having these new cell lines available might enable some bigger projects, like screening for potential drugs," one of the researchers said.

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