“The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012 was awarded jointly to Sir John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka ‘for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent’.” (“The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012”. Nobelprize.org. 8 Oct 2012 https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2012/)
Their work has apparently allowed for the basic equivalent of embryonic stem cells from “reprogrammed” adult stem cells thereby bypassing many ethical questions the embryonic stem cells pose.
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