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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

PARANOIA in the real world: Cloning breakthrough 

Dr Shoukhrat Mitalipov said: "A thorough examination of the stem cells derived through this technique demonstrated their ability to convert just like normal embryonic stem cells, into several different cell types, including nerve cells, liver cells and heart cells.
"While there is much work to be done in developing safe and effective stem cell treatments, we believe this is a significant step forward in developing the cells that could be used in regenerative medicine." [...]
The technique takes the same sample of skin cells but converts them using proteins to "induced pluripotent" stem cells. However, there are still questions about the quality of stem cells produced using this method compared with embryonic stem cells.
-- "Embryonic stem cells: Advance in human cloning" (BBC, 15 May 2013)

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