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Another twist on stem cells

Published Story by art
Article Date: Fri, 2008-03-07 07:45



Stem cells are in the news a lot lately. The term "stem cells" refers to a wide array of different treatments that use very different types of cells. This study looks at a method I haven't seen before. They take bone marrow stem cells that are not hematopoietic, meaning they aren't able to turn into every kind of cell in the body, and get them to turn into neural precursor cells which can apparently migrate to areas of damage and differentiate into the cells needed there.

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