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Using Stem Cell to Treat Disease

How was it established that induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells derived from adult skin cells are really pluripotent?

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To determine: The method with which  established that induced pluripotent stem cells derived from the adult skin cells are really pluripotent.

Introduction: The cells that possess the ability to differentiate into several types of cells, and also the ability of self-renewal are known as stem cells. Embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells are two types of stem cells. Bone marrow and the umbilical cord blood are the two main sources to extract stem cells. Induced pluripotent stem cells are the third type of stem cells which are artificially developed in the laboratories.

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Pluripotent cells are the cells which can form many types of different cells. Reprogramming of adult skin cells to give rise to stem cells can be done by transferring a small number of genes into the nuclei of the adult skin cells. These reprogrammed cells are known as induced pluripotent stem cells.

The method with which it was established that induced pluripotent stem cells derived from the adult skin cells are really pluripotent is ...

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