Method converts embryonic and adult stem cells to kidney cells

01/12/2014 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Adult and embryonic stem cells can be converted into kidney tubular cells using a method developed by researchers at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital, according to a study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The team is the fourth to report the induction of cells that express the marker SIX2, which plays a key role in the differentiation of kidney cells. "It feels like we've been behind for a decade and suddenly within a few weeks, four papers come out. This should certainly spur interest and move the field more quickly," lead researcher Dr. Albert Lam said.

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