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What if stem cells turn into embryos in a dish?


Recent studies show that pluripotent stem cells can undergo self-organized development in vitro into structures that mimic the body plan of the post-implantation embryo. Modeling human embryogenesis in a dish opens up new possibilities for the study of early development and developmental disorders, but it may also raise substantial ethical concerns.

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Pera, M., de Wert, G., Dondorp, W. et al. What if stem cells turn into embryos in a dish?. Nat Methods 12, 917–919 (2015).

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