adult stem cells (asc) are back...

Posted by
anyman on Jun 24, 2002 at 19:18

Researchers at the University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute (SCI) have found the first evidence that adult bone marrow-derived cells can differentiate in vitro and in vivo into cells of all three embryonic germ layers (endoderm, ectoderm and mesoderm) in similar manner as embryonic stem cells (ES cells).


...reports that cells grown from adult mouse and rat bone marrow can be cultured without aging and with active telomerase...


In subsequent studies, Verfaillie's lab showed that single MAPCs can contribute to most, if not all, tissues of mice...

check it out

for paid subcribers, the full article is available at nature's advanced [pre-print] online publication site might also be available to free subscribers

here's to the hope that ASCs will ultimately make the ethical debate on the use of ESCs (embryonic stem cells) moot :-)

in any event, i remain opposed to any use of ESCs

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