UNDATED (CNN) -- Scientists at Oregon Health and Science University have successfully reprogrammed human skin cells to become embryonic stem cells capable of transforming into any other cell type in the body.

Scientists took baby skin cells and combined them with human eggs. It resulted in human embryos that were able to produce stem cells.

The breakthrough could lead to the development of replacement tissue to treat diseases and potentially human cloning.

Another noteworthy aspect of this research is that it does not involve the use of fertilized embryos.

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