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Fudan Uni scientists make rat stem cells

FUDAN University experts working with scientists from the University of Southern California have successfully extracted stem cells from rat embryos, providing a new avenue for research into the mechanism of human diseases, the team reported in the scientific journal "Cell."

Scientists will be able to alter the DNA in rat embryonic stem cells to investigate human diseases such as cancer.

Scientists have been able to derive stem cells from mouse embryos since 1981 but had not been able to do so with rats, whose larger size makes them better for modeling certain human disorders and whose genetic system is closer to that of humans.

Li Ping, from Fudan University, said the successful experiment was done in the US but further research will be carried out in Shanghai in conjunction with the Chinese Academy of Sciences.


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