New type of stem cell may advance medicine, cancer research

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TOKYO: The new type of stem cell developed by Japan’s state-backed Riken institute and Harvard University of the United States is a scientific breakthrough that has shown it is possible to reprogram mature body cells into an immature state similar to a fertilized egg using a simple method.

The team’s study on “stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency,” or STAP, was carefully examined before publication in the British science journal Nature. The findings are likely to have a significant impact on the field of biology, as well as on medicine and cancer research.

“This is amazing. High-quality cells that could exceed the existing pluripotent stem cells have been created in an enormously simple way,” said Arata Honda, associate professor in stem cell biology at the University of Miyazaki. PNA

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