Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells

Stem cells artificially produced in the laboratory by ‘reprogramming’ adult cells such as skin cells.

Induced: refers to the fact that these skin cells have been ‘reprogrammed’ by altering their genes and encouraging them to revert to a state where they have a non-specialised role within the body.

Pluripotent: refers to a cell which has the ability to develop into any specialised cell type in the body.

Stem cells: a type of cell that has the ability to regenerate itself indefinitely and which can specialise to produce a range of cells, each with different functions.

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