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Embryonic stem cell culturing grows from art to science

Growing human embryonic stem cells in the lab is no small feat. Culturing the finicky, shape-shifting cells is labor intensive and, in some ways, more art than exact science.

Now, however, a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison reports the development of a fully defined culture system that promises a more uniform and, for cells destined for therapy, safer product.

Writing this week (Nov. 14, 2010) in the journal Nature Methods, a team led by Laura Kiessling, a UW-Madison professor who holds a joint appointment in biochemistry and chemistry, unveiled an inexpensive system that takes much of the guess work out of culturing the all-purpose cells.

Read the full story on the CALS News site.

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