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Harvard advance improves stem cell research; not a medical revolution

Madison, Wis. - A Harvard research team announced on Sunday they have successfully created embryonic stem cells using ordinary skin cells, a finding that could affect some of the ethical debate over their use and open new research avenues. But a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor cautions that the breakthrough has limited repercussions.

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Duncan said the new cells would be useful for general research purposes on how stem cells differentiate into organ cells in the body, which by itself is an important breakthrough. They are not, he warns, an......

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Source:wistechnology.com By Les Chappell and Eric Kleefeld 08/22/05


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