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A team of scientists led by a 30-year-old Japanese woman has discovered a simple method to produce stem cells — immature cells that can develop into all types of tissues in the body. The team headed by Dr. Haruko Obokata has found that body cells taken from mice can be reprogrammed into stem cells by simply exposing them to low-PH acid liquids.

The discovery, made public in the Jan. 29 issue of Nature magazine, is an epoch-making discovery that defies common knowledge and breaks new ground in life science.

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