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One giant step for humankind

Sydney Morning Herald Friday 17th May, 2013

Many scientists, including Australians, have tried to grow cloned embryonic stem cells, considered the holy grail of stem cells because they can be genetically matched to patients and don't require risky gene modifications. While the technique has succeeded in animals such as mice and monkeys, many believed it was impossible in humans, until this week. ''This has been long sought after by so many groups,'' says University of Melbourne stem cell scientist Martin Pera, whose team was the second in the world to isolate embryonic stem cells from IVF embryos and the first to coax them into brain ...


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