How to reset a cell

Washing a cell with acid can turn it into any other type of cell the body may need

By Stephen Ornes, 09:13 AM February 10, 2014

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Researchers report a surprisingly easy method to change a specialized cell, such as muscle or bone, into becoming a universal stem cell. Stem cells are immature cells that can be coaxed into becoming specialized cells — and they hold a lot of potential for treating sickness and disease


The body needs many different types of stem cells to replace sick, aging or dying cells in its many different tissues. An embryo, a ball of unspecialized cells that will grow into ...

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