A group of scientists have created induced pluripotent stem cells from skin cells of patients with eight different diseases, reports the BBC. The stem cells, says the article, were created by taking biopsies from patients with diseases such as Huntington's and muscular dystrophy. "Ethical, flexible and not rejected by the patient because it comes from the patient themselves," said the UK National Stem Cell Network's Chris Mason.

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