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Japan makes strides toward stem cell therapy

OSAKA -- Japanese researchers report taking their first steps toward possible stem-cell-based treatments for muscular dystrophy.

     A Kyoto University team and chemical company Asahi Kasei created skeletal muscle stem cells from induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells. These were injected into a leg of a mouse with muscular dystrophy. In the muscle there, researchers detected a protein that kept muscle mass from deteriorating.

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