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News-in-brief / 08.11.15

New automated process accelerates generation of induced pluripotent stem cells

By Broad Communications

Reprogramming adult cells to a stem cell-like state can provide researchers with tools to help illuminate the role genetic differences play in disease development and potentially regenerate tissue in the wake of injury. However, these induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are difficult to create. In a study published this week in Nature Methods, researchers, including Kevin Eggan, Alexander Tsankov, and Alexander Meissner of the Broad Institute and Harvard Stem Cell Institute, describe an automated, robotic process that efficiently generates iPSC lines — a new approach that could facilitate studies with these cells.