Contact: Todd Murphy
Oregon Health & Science University
Caption: Shoukhrat Mitalipov, Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University, led a team that found that a process called "somatic cell nuclear transfer" is much better and more accurate at reprogramming human skin cells to become embryonic stem cells -- capable of transforming into any cell type in the body -- than an alternative process that produces cells similar to embryonic stem cells, but with many more epigenetic abnormalities. The work will be published in Nature July 2, 2014.
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