Human stem cell technology is very actively pursued in Japan. Based on Professor Shinya Yamanaka’s finding to turn adult skin cells into the equivalent of human embryonic stem cells without using an actual embryo, groups throughout Japan have entered this field. iPS Academia Japan Inc., a Kyoto startup, and CIRA, the Center for iPS Cell
Research and Application of Kyoto University, are just two examples. Window-to-Japan offers ready access to the many groups in Japanese academia who carry out research in this field.
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