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Singapore scientists find 'new way' of creating stem cells from drop of finger blood

Published on Mar 20, 2014 11:53 AM

Scientists in Singapore say they have found a way to create human stem cells from a drop of blood pricked from the finger.

Previously, methods for generating these cells - called human-induced pluripotent stem cells - involved collecting adult cells from bone marrow, skin or large quantities of blood. These were then genetically coaxed into reverting into stem cells.

However, such invasive collection methods deterred some potential donors.

Researchers from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) revealed their new technique on Thursday.

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