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Science  08 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6001, pp. 162
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6001.162

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While stem cell scientists in the United States are grappling with continued uncertainty about the future of federal funding for work with embryonic cells (see p. 163), the field got a bit of good news last week: a paper describing a new method for prompting mature cells to take on a different fate. The technique is cleaner, safer, faster, and more efficient than recently developed methods for reprogramming adult cells, promising to give researchers a powerful new tool for making and using stem cells.

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