Lab-generated stem cells set for human trial in Japan

September 11, 2014 4:11 PM

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TOKYO: In a major boost to stem cell research, a Japanese patient with a debilitating eye disease is set to become the first person in the world to be treated with induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells.

A 19-member health ministry committee here vetted the researchers' safety tests and cleared the team to begin the experimental procedure, the scientific journal Nature reported.

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