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Stem-cell researchers led by Andreas Nagy at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and Keisuke Kaji at the University of Edinburgh have bypassed using viral vectors to create iPS cells by inserting pluripotency genes into a "cassette" that also contained the transposon piggyBAC. The two papers appear in the early online edition of Nature.

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