New stem cell technique may aid medical treatments

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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 1:14 pm, Mon Mar 31, 2014.

NEW YORK (AP) - A simple lab treatment can turn ordinary cells from mice into stem cells, according to a surprising study that hints at a possible new way to grow tissue for treating illnesses like diabetes and Parkinson's disease.

Researchers in Boston and Japan exposed cells from spleens of newborn mice to a more acidic environment that they're used to. In lab tests, that turned them into stem cells, showing enough versatility to produce the tissues of a mouse embryo, for example.

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