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Washington, Apr 13 (ANI): The decade-old mystery of why human embryonic stem cells are so difficult to culture in the laboratory has been solved by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute.
The groundbreaking new finding will provide scientists with useful new techniques and moving the field closer to the day when stem cells can be used for therapeutic purposes.
The research is being published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
"This paper addresses a long-standing mystery," said Scripps Research Associate Professor Sheng Ding, who is senior author of the paper. "Scientists have been puzzled by why human embryonic stem cells die at a critical step in the culture process. In addition to posing a question in fundamental biology, this created a huge technical challenge in the lab."