Mechanisms that allow embryonic stem cells to become any cell in the human body identified

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 11:01 in Biology & Nature

New research sheds light on pluripotency -- the ability of embryonic stem cells to renew themselves indefinitely and to differentiate into all types of mature cells. If scientists can replicate the mechanisms that make pluripotency possible, they could create cells in the laboratory which could be implanted in humans to cure diseases characterized by cell death, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, diabetes and other degenerative diseases.

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