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Harm Reduction Cigarettes Can Be More Harmful Than Conventional Brands

To reduce the toxicity of cigarette smoke, tobacco companies have introduced “harm reduction cigarettes,” often marketed as safer than conventional brands. But stem cell scientists at the University of California, Riverside have found that even sidestream smoke (which burns off the tip of a cigarette) from harm reduction cigarettes impairs growth of human embryonic stem […]

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MIT Researchers Develop A Better Way To Grow Stem Cells

Human pluripotent stem cells, which can become any other kind of body cell, hold great potential to treat a wide range of ailments, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries. However, scientists who work with such cells have had trouble growing large enough quantities to perform experiments – in particular, to be used […]

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