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 ■STAP cell research has potential for unimagined medical breakthroughs:

STAP stem cells show great promise in advancing medical disciplines beyond regenerative medicine, including cancer research, scientists say.

“If the mechanism (that leads to the formation of STAP cells) becomes clearer, it may help (in developing cancer treatments),” said Yoshiki Sasai, the deputy director of the Riken Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) in Kobe, on Feb. 5.