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S'pore scientists discover method to develop stem cells into liver and pancreas cells

Published on Jan 28, 2014 11:58 AM

Singapore scientists have found a more efficient way to derive stem cells that can grow into organs such as the liver or pancreas.

Previously, it was hard to obtain stem cells that can develop into organs.

The Singapore team came up with a way to obtain such cells by screening for proteins and chemicals that promote the formation of a single, desired cell type, while blocking unwanted ones.

By doing so, they discovered triggers that could drive stem cells towards pure populations of precursor cells - or those that lead to the development of organs.

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