So, there has been quite a debate in the scientific sphere lately.
To put it simple
, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)
are the basis of regenerative medicine, a (still) dream-like way of treating patients replacing injured tissues with their own cells (so you don't have any immune rejection, like what happens with transplants).
iPSCs are normally made using complicated and time-consuming methods.
In January, a couple of papers reported the generation iPSCs of using an extremely alternative method. Something that could really change -in a good way- how you generate these cells. The problem?
So far no other labs have been able to generate these alternative iPSCs, which are called stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) cells
Why am I writing this here? Because it sounds so much like what happened to my character Claudia Luna, You can read her story here: azifri.deviantart.com/art/Terr…
Now back to this world's reality, I don't think it's time yet to say that STAP cells are a fraud or not. They are, without doubt, questionable aspects in the papers, but I prefer to wait and see for a little longer before I decide on my final opinion. Actually I should probably check in the lab if we have the reagents needed an try to make STAP cells as well...
Not sure how many people will read this, but if you want more info about this topic just post it below. I'm a grad student working on stem cell research, so I should be able to answer your questions.
If you are well versed in this topic, please excuse my simple words, I just wanted to make it understandable for everyone.