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Groundbreaking stem cell transplant performed in Japan

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Riken's Masayo Takahashi was charged with culturing the stem cells.   © Kyodo

OSAKA -- A woman in Japan suffering from an incurable eye disease has received what is being called the world's first human transplant of cells reprogrammed to an embryonic state.

     Friday's two-hour surgery, which went off without a hitch, comes seven years after Kyoto University professor Shinya Yamanaka first created induced pluripotent stem cells. His pioneering work in this field earned him a Nobel Prize in medicine.

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