Newly identified growth factor promotes stem cell growth, regeneration

Monday, March 22, 2010 - 04:14 in Health & Medicine

Scientists at Duke University Medical Centre have identified a new growth factor that stimulates the expansion and regeneration of haematopoietic (blood-forming) stem cells in culture and in laboratory animals. The discovery, appearing in the journal Nature Medicine, may help researchers overcome one of the most frustrating barriers to cellular therapy: the fact that stem cells are so few in number and so stubbornly resistant to expansion...

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