Studies seek to make iPS cells safer

06/2/2009 | USA Today

Researchers are finding ways to create induced pluripotent stem cells that safely do the work of embryonic stem cells, without the ethical issues. The problem with pluripotent cells is the only genes in them that can change function -- the significant feature of how embryonic cells cure disease -- are cancer genes that could put patients at risk. The research community, however, is optimistic that studies currently under way are closing in on ways to use the cancer genes but remove or abate the risk to the patients.

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