Meanwhile, in a shed near a golf course, mad scientists are conspiring . . .

Nice one.

Their finding could ultimately enable scientists to transform stem cells from adults into cells that have all the characteristics of those taken from embryos.

Dr Ian Chambers, who isolated the molecule, said: "Nanog seems to be a master molecule that makes embryonic stem cells grow in the laboratory.

"In effect, this makes stem cells immortal. Being Scottish, I therefore chose the name after the Tir na nOg legend."
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