August 11, 2006

Japanese researchers make adult cells behave like embryonic stem cells

Adult cells have been transformed to take on the character of embryonic stem cells. The cells--which the researchers designate "induced pluripotent stem cells" (iPS)--exhibit the physical, growth, and genetic characteristics typical of embryonic stem cells, they reported. "Pluripotent" refers to the ability to differentiate into most other cell types.

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