U.S. scientists use skin samples to create liver cells

08/25/2010 | Reuters

Cambridge University scientists said they were able to create liver cells by reprogramming induced pluripotent stem cells harvested from human skin samples, a technique the study leader says "bypasses the need for using human embryos." Stem cells taken from healthy patients produced healthy liver cells while those taken from ill patients resulted in liver cells that copied various types of liver diseases.

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