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Milwaukee researchers say they've opened the door to future treatments for liver disease

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Researchers in Milwaukee say they've opened the door to future treatments for liver disease, without the need for transplants.

Scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin have turned human skin cells into liver cells called hepatocytes.

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They make up 70 percent of all the cells in the liver. Stem cell researcher Stephen Duncan says his team has spent two and a half years coming up with its new findings.

It could give drug makers a chance to test new medicines for liver diseases.

Duncan says it also let scientists look for molecular approaches to reverse liver diseases.

The medical college findings appear in the journal Hepatology.

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