This is AWESOME news! John B. Gurdon of the University of Cambridge in England and Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University in Japan, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The ripple effects from these two scientists' achievements are still rolling across the regenerative medicine pond.
Their two developments, "led to the concept of therapeutic cloning — take a patient’s skin cell, say, insert it into an unfertilized human egg so as to reprogram it back to pluripotent state, and then develop embryonic stem cells for conversion into the tissue or organ that the patient needed to have replaced. Since the new tissue would carry the patient’s own genome, there should be no problem of immune rejection."
We're excited to see the developments that spring from their work and wish them huge congratulations!