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Adult Cells Undergo Identity Switch Reported In Science

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January 22, 1999
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American Association For The Advancement Of Science
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Research by a group of Italian and Canadian scientists indicates that certain adult cells-previously assumed to be permanently wedded to their specialized roles in the body-can shed their identities and reinvent themselves as different types of cells. In the study, reported in the 22 January issue of Science, the authors transplanted adult stem cells from the brains of adult mice into the bone marrow of new mice, where the stem cells changed their behavior and began generating blood cells. The findings raise the possibility that in the future adult stem cells could be used to supply a variety of new cells for important therapeutic uses, for example to generate healthy blood cells for treating patients with blood disorders.

Washington D.C. - Research by a group of Italian and Canadian scientists indicates that certain adult cells-previously assumed to be permanently wedded to their specialized roles in the body-can shed their identities and reinvent themselves as different types of cells. In the study, reported in the 22 January issue of Science, the authors transplanted adult stem cells from the brains of adult mice into the bone marrow of new mice, where the stem cells changed their behavior and began generating blood cells. The findings raise the possibility that in the future adult stem cells could be used to supply a variety of new cells for important therapeutic uses, for example to generate healthy blood cells for treating patients with blood disorders.


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