Researchers reprogram cord blood cells to work like ESCs

Scientists have reprogrammed umbilical cord-blood cells to perform the functions of embryonic stem cells. The development could allow for the storage of stem cells from cord blood as another option to the use of embryonic stem cells in clinical research, the researchers said. The production and banking of cord blood cells could be more cost-effective and time-saving than producing embryonic stem cells for various applications, a researcher said.

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