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Kyoto Univ. plans to grow stem cells Govt approval still pending
The ethics committee at Kyoto University's Institute for Frontier Medical Science approved Sunday a research plan for producing human embryonic stem cells, for the first time in Japan, a committee official said.
Stem cells, which can be extracted from fertilized human eggs, can develop into virtually any kind of human cell. For this reason, researchers in the field call them "master cells."
Researchers pin high hopes on stem cell research leading to cures for diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.
The institute has debated long and hard over the …