Stem cells made with just seven chemicals

Cocktail of molecules turns adult mouse cells into embryonic-like ones

By Meghan Rosen, 16:55 PM July 18, 2013

Whipping up a batch of stem cells just got easier.

A new recipe for transforming adult cells into embryonic-like ones calls for a chemical cocktail to erase signs of age. By adding just seven small molecules, scientists can turn back time for mature mouse cells, converting them into pluripotent stem cells. These cells hover at the brink of developing into virtually any type of tissue.

Researchers have previously created pluripotent stem cells using cloning, or by dosing a dish of adult c...

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