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Already, scientists in laboratories across the world have begun dipping mature cells in acid, hoping to see whether this simple intervention really can trigger a transformation into stem cells, as reported by a team of Boston and Japanese researchers in January.
At the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, a number of scientists have embarked on the experiment, which they are informally calling “stem cell ceviche,” comparing it with the Latin American method of cooking seafood in lime and lemon juice.
The range of responses varies widely. Most scientists seem surprised and skeptical about the technique, but also impressed by the rigorous testing that experts in the field did on the cells.