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A little acid or a tight squeeze can turn a cell stemlike

Stresses send mouse cells into primordial state capable of making any tissue

10:26am, January 29, 2014

TAILOR MADE  Stress can reprogram cells to become STAP cells (green), a new variety of stem cell that can become any type of cell. Researchers used these cells to grow an entire mouse fetus.  

Editor's Note: The research described in this article is the subject of a reported February 2014 investigation by RIKEN. Read more about the concerns about the findings and some researchers' unsuccessful attempts to replicate the work. The papers were retracted in July 2014.

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Creating stem cells may be as simple as dunking cells briefly into a mild acid bath.

Doing so with mouse cells turned them into ultraflexible ones that can grow into any type of body tissue, researchers report in two papers in the

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