Thymus cells transform into skin cells in Swiss laboratory

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 13:21 in Biology & Nature

Taking one type of cell and transforming it into another type is now possible. Cells taken from the thymus have been transformed into skin cells -- a discovery that may have important ramifications for the field of organ regeneration. The findings show that these stem cells change their genetic make-up according to their environment to contribute to the long-term functioning of the skin, even producing hair for up to a year after implantation.

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