The development of neurons from skin cells was six years in the making for Dr. Jack Kessler of Chicago’s Northwestern University and his study co-author Christopher Bissonnette. Once they discovered it, they were able to exhibit that the newly formed neurons worked as well as the original cells by transplanting them into mice.
, the research is being suppressed because stem cell research in Australia is highly regulated by the government. In fact, since 2002 only 12 stem cell-related research projects have been approved because scientists must first obtain a license from the government to continue advanced research and it could take up to two years before scientists have a license in their hands allowing them to continue with their work.
“Because the process is so long and tedious we are thinking long and hard whether projects, or variations of existing projects, are worth it”, said Dr. Julia Schaft of Sydney IVF. If the do decide to pursue a license, the significance of Alzheimer’s in our society could change forever.