Researchers are finding ways to make more induced pluripotent stem cells, faster. The catch: it requires turning off some of the cell's key tumor suppressors—a risky proposition for cells researchers hope to someday transplant into patients.
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Cancer stem cells are capable of initiating and sustaining a tumor. Current cancer therapies may fail, leaving patients prone to recurrence because the cancer stem cells have not been eradicated.
Nuclear reprogramming demonstrates the potential for reversability in cellular differentiation.