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Japan: renal tissue obtained from iPS cells

Publié le : 30 January 2013

 According to the website of the journal Nature Communications, "Japanese researchers announced that they have successfully developed renal tissue from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS)." The report on this research work was published last Wednesday. While claiming that these results are "an important step forward", Professor Osafune nevertheless pointed out that he "did not yet know if the simple fact of grafting regenerated cells will really make it possible to cure kidney diseases."    

Unlike stem cells obtained from human embryos, "the use of iPS cells raises no ethical problem." In Japan, "working with iPS cells has become a priority of research" and "the State decided to make considerable funding available for it as it regards it as an extremely promising field in which Japanese researchers are likely to be in the vanguard.

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