Cancer Link Raises Questions About Stem Cells, University of California, Davis (UCD) Study

Published: Oct 09, 2012

A type of stem cell seen as promising for medical therapies is very similar to the type of cells that gives rise to cancer, researchers report. The findings suggest that although the cells—known as induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)—show substantial potential as a source of replacement cells and tissues to treat injuries, disease, and chronic conditions, scientists and physicians must move cautiously with any clinical use because iPSCs could also cause malignant cancer.

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