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Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2012 Jun 8;13(7):471-6. doi: 10.1038/nrm3371.

Stem cells assessed.

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Walloon Excellence in Life Science and Biotechnology, Interdisciplinary Research Institute, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 808, route de Lennik, BatC, C6-130, 1070 Brussels, Belgium.


The increasing momentum of stem cell research continues, with the better characterization of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, the conversion of differentiated cells into different cell types and the use of pluripotent stem cells to generate whole tissues, among other advances. Here, six experts in the field of stem cell research compare different stem cell models and highlight the importance of pursuing complementary experimental approaches for a better understanding of pluripotency and differentiation and an informed approach to medical applications.

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