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Clinical studies will start within five years on induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, which have the potential to grow into any type of tissue, starting with cells that could be used to cure an eye disease, the government said Wednesday.

The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry has compiled a road map on iPS cell research for a 10-year period that details the national goal of testing transplants of iPS cells for regenerative medicine to treat various types of diseases.

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