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Researchers Create 'Naive' Pluripotent Human Embryonic Stem Cells

by Nicole Giese Rura-Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research News Office
For years, researchers and patients have hoped that embryonic stem cells (ESCs)—capable of forming nearly any cell type in the body—could provide insight into numerous diseases perhaps even be used to treat them. Yet progress has been hampered by the inability to transfer research and tools from mouse ESC studies to their human counterparts, in part because human ESCs are “primed” and slightly less plastic than the mouse cells.