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Researchers create human liver from stem cells

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Researchers in Japan say they have created a functional human liver from stem cells, according to NBC News. Researchers in Japan say they have created a functional human liver from stem cells, according to NBC News.

Researchers in Japan say they have created a functional human liver from stem cells, according to NBC News.

The development, published Wednesday in the Journal "Nature," could potentially be a huge leap forward for the field of human regenerative medicine.

Researchers mixed liver cells made from induced pluripotent stem cells and cells that make blood vessels and cells that build connective tissue. That mixture formed a three-dimensional lump they said represented early stages of liver development.

The research still has a long way to go before it could be a fully-functional human liver. Among the issues with the liver is its size -- the liver they grew from the reprogrammed human cells was only five millimeters long.

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