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New Skin Stem Cells Surprisingly Similar to Those Found in Embryos, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Study



12/10/2009 7:27:27 AM

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute -- Scientists have discovered a new type of stem cell in the skin that acts surprisingly like certain stem cells found in embryos: both can generate fat, bone, cartilage, and even nerve cells. These newly-described dermal stem cells may one day prove useful for treating neurological disorders and persistent wounds, such as diabetic ulcers, says Freda Miller, an HHMI international research scholar.



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