Discovery makes stem-cell research less contentious: academic

Discovery makes stem-cell research less contentious: academic

Discovery makes stem-cell research less contentious: academic

Updated 19 December 2011, 12:42 AEDT

An academic who took part in a review of Australia's stem cell laws says a scientific breakthough could lead to less contentious method of research.

Researchers from the United States and Japan have been able to re-program human skin cells so they can be transformed into any human cells, without the use of embryos.

Professor Loane Skene says that the development would remove a lot of the ethical concerns that are raised about embryonic stem cell research.

"What this does is take away the step of using the egg, and creating the embryo which is particularly ethically contentious and it offers the opportunity to get stem cells that are matched to a particular person," he said.