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Researchers discover adult cell that acts like stem cell from embryos

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7353.1544 (Published 29 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1544
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Researchers have found a previously unknown type of cell in adult bone marrow that acts much like the highly versatile stem cells from human embryos and is ca-pable of turning into a wide assortment of the body's various tissues. The finding raises hopes that the new cells can be fashioned into transplantable material for patients whose own cells and tissues have become faulty.

    Previously, scientists had documented other cells of the adult body that give rise to various tissues, but nothing nearly as versatile as these bone …

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