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Two teams report creating mice from iPS cells. In Nature, researchers led by the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Qi Zhou followed Kyoto University's Shinya Yamanaka's protocol and used viral vectors to introduce four factors into mouse fibroblast cells to reprogram them. Zhou's group was able to get 27 live mouse births with their best method getting 22 live births at a success rate of 3.5 percent.

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