Studies examine isolation, differentiation of very small embryonic-like stem cells

04/2/2014 | (India)

Very small embryonic-like stem cells isolated from human adult tissues can differentiate into bone, neurons, connective tissue and other types of cell, according to two studies in the journal Stem Cells and Development. Researchers at the University of Michigan and NeoStem found that VSELs implanted into a cranial wound could generate tissue structures with multiple cell types. The second study focused on methods for isolating VSELs and distinguishing them from other cells. "The current debate as to the significance of the body of publications concerning VSELs can only be resolved by a cooperative investigation across laboratories using identical methodologies and source materials," said Graham Parker of Wayne State University School of Medicine in Michigan.

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