FEB 10, 2016 10:46 AM PST

Manufacturing Stem Cells From Ordinary Cells

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Stem cells are miraculous. They can be used to grow new organs, regenerate bone and even cure disease. To be effective though, thousands are needed. For a person who needs an organ transplant or has cancer, they can only use their own stem cells and they need a lot.

Researchers in France have devised a way to get stem cells from the regular cells that our bodies hold. Using a 3D gel, skin cells are grown, but the gel exerts pressure that after a while results in ordinary cells bein converted to stem cells. Check out this video on how they did it and what it could mean.
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