Acid bath offers easy path to stem cells

Now if conditions were very acidic in the primordial pond? What could they begin turning into? Obviously not mammalian parts yet – after all, their software program would not have become that advance yet…. what about an amoeba? You have to learn to crawl before you walk and to walk before you can run. Just a thought after reading this article and thinking about an alternative to Darwinian Theory of Evolution.

After Big Bang

Just squeezing or bathing cells in acidic conditions can readily reprogram them into an embryonic state.

In 2006, Japanese researchers reported1 a technique for creating cells that have the embryonic ability to turn into almost any cell type in the mammalian body — the now-famous induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. In papers published this week in Nature2, 3, another Japanese team says that it has come up with a surprisingly simple method — exposure to stress, including a low pH — that can make cells that are even more malleable than iPS cells, and do it faster and more efficiently.

“It’s amazing. I would have never thought external stress could have this effect,” says Yoshiki Sasai, a stem-cell researcher at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan, and a co-author of the latest studies. It took Haruko Obokata, a young stem-cell biologist at the same centre…

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