Scientists Discover An Efficient Method to Reprogram Mature Cells Into Pluripotent Stem Cells

MRFL Press Release

For Immediate Release
Monday, February 3, 2014
Contact: Molly 314-854-1305

Scientists Discover An Efficient Method to Reprogram Mature Cells Into Pluripotent Stem Cells: Another Reminder That Human Embryo Experimentation Is Obsolete.

Stem-cell research that does not involve the destruction of embryos continues to leap forward as scientists have found a way to reprogram mature cells into stem cells by artificially inducing a process they would naturally undergo in the body: stress.

By exposing mature cells to an acidic environment, researchers have caused mature cells to revert to early stage stem cells. The process, known as STAP, or stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency, has been described as “the simplest, cheapest, fastest method ever achieved” of reprogramming cells.

This latest discovery again brings to the fore the reality that human embryo experimentation is obsolete. In recent years scientists have made dramatic advances in reprogramming adult cells into early stage stem cells without using or destroying human embryos. Again, it is not necessary to manipulate or destroy human embryos to obtain early stage stem cells.

“Science has passed embryo experimentation by,” said Fred N. Sauer, President of Missouri Roundtable For Life. “Unfortunately, special interest groups that write big checks are still trying to get control of our tax dollars to pay for their illicit experiments. We call on our representatives to ensure that no tax dollars, whether checks or fungible tax credits, are used to pay for experiments that destroy human embryos.”

For more information, please visit us at www.missouri roundtable.org.