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Medical News and Perspectives
September 28, 2005

Stem Cells Created From Somatic Cells

JAMA. 2005;294(12):1475-1476. doi:10.1001/jama.294.12.1475

Using a technique that has been used in scientific investigations for decades, scientists have turned back the clock on human adult cells and reprogrammed them to become stem cells. In addition to possibly leading to an alternative means of stem cell production in the future, the new approach may provide insight into the underlying developmental processes of stem cells and offer researchers a new tool for studying disease.

However, there is at least one huge technical hurdle standing in the way of using this technique for developing therapies to treat patients.

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