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Japan sets safety standards for iPS cell transplants

TOKYO -- The Japanese health ministry has drawn up guidelines for determining the safety of laboratory-created stem cell treatments in clinical trials, a step that could pave the way for more such studies.

The standards, approved Friday, will be used to evaluate trials that involve transplanting induced pluripotent stem cells -- adult cells reprogrammed to a state similar to embryonic cells -- into the human body.

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