Ul­ti­mate stem cells cre­ated

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BRI­TISH sci­en­tists have cre­ated the first stem cells that can be­come any part of the body, pro­vid­ing hope for pre­vent­ing mis­car­riages.

Stem cells are ca­pa­ble of be­com­ing all cells ex­cept the pla­centa and mem­branes around a baby. It means re­search can­not be done on some faults that cause around one in four women to mis­carry.

But now, for the first time, sci­en­tists have cre­ated a type of stem cell which can grow into all body parts. These stem cells are just two days old a blank slate com­pared with ex­ist­ing stem cells from em­bryos or skin cells.

The stem cells have been cre­ated suc­cess­fully in mice but sci­en­tists at the Well­come Trust Sanger In­sti­tute in Cam­bridgeshire say they are work­ing on a hu­man equiv­a­lent. – Daily Mail

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