HEALTHY LIVING
08/08/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Personalized Stem Cells: Researchers Create Disease-Specific, Individualized Human Stem Cells

For the first time, scientists have proven that embryonic-like stem cells that are specific to both a person and to a disease can be manufactured using adult human cells.

A scientific researcher manipulates drops of embryonic stem cells in a laboratory, at 'Hospital do Coracao' heart institute, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 5 March, 2008.

Personalized stem cells may be the holy grail of science because of their potential to treat and allow the study of a myriad of diseases and conditions. And while there are still a number of hurdles to clear before this advance can be applied to humans, in the clinical setting this latest step, some say, shows promise of eventual human therapies.

Read more on ABC News

Subscribe to the Lifestyle email.
Life hacks and juicy stories to get you through the week.