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July 6, 2013

Researchers close to realising organ regeneration dream

Takanori Takebe and Hideki Taniguchi of Yokohama City University in Japan succeed in "creating" a working human liver tissue out of stem cells...

Researchers have long dreamed that stem cells might be used to repair or replace damaged tissue, an aspiration known as regenerative medicine. Embryonic stem cells, in particular, are “pluripotent”, meaning they are able to become any other type of cell. And it is now possible to induce pluripotency in cells that have not come from embryos, thus circumventing the ethical minefield previously associated with obtaining them.

SOURCE: The Economist