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May 15, 2013 12:23 PM by Michael Handler; KSBY News

Scientists closer to creating embryonic stem cells

Scientists have taken another step towards turning human skin cells into embryonic stem cells.

The cells are capable of turning into any type of cell in the body, like nerve, liver, and heart cells. Researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University used a variation of an approach called "somatic cell nuclear transfer."

During the process, scientists transplant a cell's nucleus into an egg cell devoid of any genetic material. The unfertilized egg develops and eventually produces stem cells.

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