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  • a  having the ability to give rise to unlike cells
    embryonic stem cells are totipotent

  • One theory is that their bodies contain undifferentiated, "totipotent" cells capable of growing into any organ under some unexplained architectural guidance.
  • Scientists have long known from animal studies that cells in these pre-embryos are totipotent (that is, capable of taking any subsequent form, from skin to bone marrow) and more or .

  • Julian Savulescu in Cosmos
    I cannot see any intrinsic, morally significant difference between a mature skin cell, the totipotent stem cell derived from it, and a fertilised egg,argues Savulescu. "They are all cells which could give rise to a person if certain...

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