Mature cells can be rejuvenated to become pluripotent- the discovery for which Dr. Yamanaka and Dr. Gurdon won the 2012 Nobel Prize in medicine and physiology. A few scientists can be recognised in this very special way. On the other hand, many other great scientists contributed to this field so they will not be snubbed here. Just to introduce a few names, Dr. James Thomson, who with Yamanaka won the King Faisal International Prize for Medicine in 2011 jointly for their work on stem cell therapy, is the pioneer to first isolate human embryonic stem (ES) cells in the lab back in 1998 and also showed that mature human body cells could be reversed into stem cells in Science in 2007.
Citation: Zhang Y (2012) From “Old” Cloning to “Young” Cellular Reprogramming: Nobel Prize 2012 Spotlighted the Stem Cell Work. Clon Transgen 1:e101. doi:10.4172/2168-9849.1000e101