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Scientists work to repeat stem cell finding

Three Japanese scientists, in an effort to bring clarity to one of the most controversial and confusing scientific findings in recent memory, have released a detailed protocol explaining step by step how to create stem cells with a simple acid bath. A leading stem cell scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital is working directly with the scientist who led the work to try to repeat the technique.

The surprising report in January by Boston and Japanese scientists that stem cells, with the ability to develop into any cell in the body, could be created with the seemingly straightforward technique sparked a raging and very public debate in the scientific community.

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