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Coverage of the latest news and updates from the field of stem cells.
Sir John B. Gurdon discovered that the specialization of cells is reversible when in a now-classic experiment conducted in 1962 he replaced the immature cell nucleus in a frog's egg cell with the nucleus of a mature intestinal cell. The modified cell developed into a normal tadpole.
However this solution is at best temporary and alleviates none of the patient's pain; in fact, when the graft fails the patient often experiences an increase in suffering. This has left the medical world searching for a long-term solution to deal with the disease in a sustained way.