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Japanese team finds easier way of creating stem cells

Japanese biologist Haruko Obokata, left, stressed cells to make them pluripotent.

OSAKA -- A group of researchers primarily in Japan said Wednesday that they have succeeded in creating mice stem cells using a process that is simpler and faster than making induced pluripotent stem cells.

     The studies, which will be published in the Jan. 30 edition of the scientific journal Nature, were conducted by a team headed by Haruko Obokata at the Japanese research institute Riken. Researchers from Harvard University and the University of Yamanashi also participated. The discovery could lead to advances in the field of regenerative medicine.

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