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Japanese researchers create new stem cell precursor

OSAKA -- A research team created a new type of cell that can turn into stem cells that are hardier and easy to reprogram genetically, it was announced Tuesday.

     The new cells can develop into induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells. These cells have spurred high hopes for their use in regenerative treatment and pharmaceutical development, but they tend to die out when their genes are manipulated. The new cells, however, are more stable than normal iPS cells.

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