Scientists Clone Mice From Hair Follicle Stem Cell

Forbes reports that researchers have cloned mice using stem cells from the rodents’ hair follicle region.The stem cells come from adult mice and so manage to bypass the ethical quandaries associated with embryonic stem cell use.

The cells are also relatively easy to obtain and inject, and may represent a good future source of stem cells for animal cloning, the U.S. team said.

In this paper, “we show that we can use the nuclei of the adult mouse hair follicle stem cells for nuclear transfer.  “Our studies demonstrate that we can clone mice from hybrid cells composed of the nucleus of an adult skin stem cell and an enucleated (nucleus-removed) unfertilized mouse oocyte.”

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