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IN 2007, RESEARCH teams in Wisconsin and Japan independently reported that they had repro—grammed adult cells to perform as embryonic stem cells. On January 9, 2007, Houston—based Stem Cell Innovations announced that it had a patent for cells from primordial germ cells, patented as PluriCells, which were capable of producing any of the 200 cell types in the human body. The company sold PluriCells to Stanford University researchers in September 2006. In October 2006, the company arranged to study bone—forming stem cells with the Dutch University of Twente. PluriCells are not embryonic stem cells, but rather the cells that eventually produce eggs and sperm.

The company sold PluriCells to Stanford University researchers in September 2006. In October 2006, the company arranged to study bone—forming stem cells ...

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