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Test Run Finds No Cancer Risk from Stem Cell Therapy

April 7, 2016

(Medical Xpress) – Therapeutic stem cells can be made without introducing genetic changes that could later lead to cancer, a study in PLOS Genetics has found. The discovery, made by researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, is a boost for scientists working on ways to make regenerative medicines from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells; a type of stem cell made by reprogramming healthy body cells. It is the first time scientists have tracked the genetic mutations gathered by iPS cells as they are grown in the laboratory.

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