Thursday, 06 October 2011 00:00

CNN Health - Scientists hail gain in human embryonic stem cell research

For the first time, researchers have succeeded in creating human embryonic stem cells by injecting DNA from a skin cell into an unfertilized egg, according to a study published Wednesday.

To achieve what is being called an "important step" in stem cell research, scientists in New York used a cloning technique similar to the one used to clone Dolly the sheep.

"This work now demonstrates for the first time that the human egg has the ability to turn a specialized cell into a stem cell," said Dieter Egli, who along with fellow study author Scott Noggle led the research team at the New York Stem Cell Foundation.

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