Last week, researchers announced a significant advance in stem cell science, changing skin cells into cells that seem to behave like embryonic stem cells. While it remains to be seen if the findings will be replicated by other teams, and whether the new cell types are truly as flexible as pluripotent embryonic stem cells, the work has the potential to sidestep many of the ethical concerns surrounding previous research involving embryonic stem cells. Now that the dust has settled, we'll talk about the research and where the field goes from here. What will it take to translate the advance in obtaining flexible cell types into advances in medical research and treatment?
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