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A new study published in Nature is giving researchers pause as they consider the usefulness of induced pluripotent stem cells in treating disease, says The New York Times' Andrew Pollack. The study reports that tissues made from iPS cells may be rejected by a patient's immune system — even tissues derived from cells from the same patient, Pollack says.

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