■'Outside-the-box' stem cell research may lead to new era in regenerative medicine:

In April 2012, Japanese researcher Haruko Obokata submitted a paper to the British science journal Nature detailing her discovery of a simple and safe procedure that promised to turn ordinary cells in the body into reprogrammable stem cells, only to have it rejected.

The prestigious magazine refused to publish her findings on grounds her outside-the-box discovery was “unbelievable,” forcing her to find additional supplemental evidence to support her hypothesis. The Japanese researcher rose to the challenge and re-submitted her work in March 2013. Her research was finally posted on the online version of the journal Jan. 29.