This Week in Science

In Science this week, a group of Chinese investigators reported on the discovery of a cocktail of small molecules that can induce somatic cells to become pluripotent stem cells. The researchers used a combination of seven drugs to reprogram about 0.2 percent of mouse somatic cells into pluripotent cells that resemble embryonic stem cells. The chemical reprogramming strategy offers a new route to generate functional desirable cell types for clinical applications.

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