Schematic on finger-prick blood isolation and treatment for cellular reprogramming (Photo: Loh Yuin Han, Jonathan, IMCB)
Marker staining of hiPSCs (Photo: Loh Yuin Han, Jonathan, IMCB)
Researchers have developed a technique that allows stem cells to be created from less than a drop of blood (Photo: Shutterstock)
Harvesting samples for producing stem cells can be rather painful. Techniques can involve collecting large amounts of blood, bone marrow or skin scrapes. The reality is intrusive measures such as these can be very off-putting. But what if it was as simple as a finger-prick? Such a DIY approach, which is so easy it can be done at home or in the field without medical staff, has been developed by researchers at Singapore's A*STAR Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB).
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