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Stem cells and some suds. Each month, Seattle's Science on Tap brings lay science enthusiasts together with experts, explains this news article. The scientists give a little talk and then the audience asks questions. This phenomenon is not limited to Seattle—the idea came from Leeds, UK and other cities have similar meetings as well.

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