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'Headless frog' scientist to lead U stem cell efforts

Ten years ago, British scientist Jonathan Slack was criticized by almost all media outlets when he created a headless tadpole. The University of Minnesota announced this week that he will be the head of its stem cell program after its founder left to return to Belgium. The University thought it was a joke when the widely respected biologist and author applied for the position.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press added that Slack is best known for turning liver cells into pancreas cells, which could help develop a treatment for diabetes.

The Star Tribune did a much better job of detailing the story from 1997 regarding the headless tadpole controversy.