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The new type of stem cell developed by Japan’s state-backed Riken institute and Harvard University is a scientific breakthrough that shows we can use a simple method to reprogram mature body cells into an immature state similar to cells in a fertilized egg.

The team’s study on “stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency,” or STAP, was carefully reviewed before publication in the British science journal Nature. The findings are likely to have a significant impact on the field of biology, as well as on medicine and cancer research.

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