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New embryonic stem cells ratted out

A first in rats may prove useful in efforts to isolate pluripotent cells from other mammals

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2:25pm, December 24, 2008

Scientists have finally succeeded in deriving embryonic stem cells from rats, providing the research community with a new tool for modeling human disease. The method used may prove to be a general recipe to create stem cells from many different animals, the researchers say. The findings appear in two companion papers in the Dec. 26 Cell.

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