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March 1, 2005

Tiny flies could lead to understanding potential for non-embryonic stem cells

Topics: Medicine

It has long been thought that cells that regenerate tissue do so by regressing to a developmentally younger state. Now two University of Washington researchers have demonstrated that cells can regenerate without becoming "younger."

Biologists for years have studied stem cells, the ones responsible for replenishing and regenerating an organism's structures, aiming to find the means to selectively regenerate tissue such as that of the heart or liver in much the same way that the body heals a broken leg.

Posted by Hyscience at March 1, 2005 4:15 PM

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