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Human reprogramming changes everything, and nothing

That’s a paraphrase of what James Thomson at the University of Wisconsin-Madison told reporters at a press conference this morning when he announced that he’d induced human skin cells to take on the trappings of embryonic stem cells. His work is published online today in Science. Tying (or narrowly beating) Thomson is Kyoto University’s Shinya Yamanaka who reports his accomplishment in Cell. A news article from Nature is available here. 

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