Simpler way to create embryonic stem cells from adult cells is discovered

01/29/2014 | Reuters

Researchers working with mice have found that "stressing" adult cells through low oxygen or an acidic environment allowed them to revert to an embryonic cell state. These cells could later differentiate into other kinds of cells and tissues, opening possibilities for treating a wide range of diseases, experts say. The research, published in the journal Nature, was conducted at Japan's RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology and Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in the U.S.

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