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Two groups of researchers have announced the ability to create human stem cells from human skin cells. The teams, from Kyoto University in Japan and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, both used techniques inserting four genes into existing skin cells, causing the cells to turn into a pluripotent state. Scientists have good hopes that once other issues are worked out, researchers will be able to easily create stem cells to work with, eliminating the need for the ethical debates around the current sources of stem cells, namely embryos.

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