So why am I writing this post? Because the recently publihed paper (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v505/n7485/full/nature12968.html) of Obokata resembles the results in my MS Thesis!!! That is, reprogramming is possible by introducing external stimuli without the aid of stochastic noise, with high efficiency. However, the difference is my result is theoretical and her result is experimental... Just last year another experimental paper was published in Nature showing efficiency of deterministic direct reprogramming (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v502/n7469/full/nature12587.html).
I have mixed feeling about this: first, I am quite "nanghihinayang" because the theoretical research is quite delayed compared to experimental; but secondly, I am happy that my theory already has published experimental validation (and my theory might give further advancement in the existing experimental results; and might support the experiments, in theory).
My paper is currently submitted in Mathematical Biosciences (Elsevier), and in revision phase. The reviews are quite promising, and we (with my co-authors) are optimistic. But we our keeping our fingers crossed. An unrevised (not yet refereed) version of our paper (which is a portion of my MS thesis) is archived in the Mathematical Physics archive of University of Texas (http://www.ma.utexas.edu/mp_arc/c/13/13-79.pdf). My MS thesis can be viewed athttp://www.scribd.com/doc/89272178/JFRabajante-MS-Applied-Math-Thesis.