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    In 11 days, we went from skin cells to beating heart cells in a dish

    Seemingly small, but IMHO very significant breakthrough in biotech: Turning one cell type into another in a very short time period and without going through an intermediate stage of pluripotency.

    Here's the actual online pub:
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    Fascinating. So essentially this bypasses the need for stem cell reprogramming..? Using skin cells... Great news!

    "This work represents a new paradigm in stem cell reprogramming," said Scripps Research Associate Professor Sheng Ding, Ph.D., who led the study. "We hope it helps overcome major safety and other technical hurdles currently associated with some types of stem cell therapies."

    Easy to read between the lines here as to what those hurdles might be.

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    That's amazing, thanks for posting Just wish I could have read the whole publication rather than just the abstract.
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