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Stem cells — hype and hope

Studies of stem cells will help in understanding the development and function of organs in mammals. They may also offer a way of treating diseases ranging from liver failure to Parkinson's disease.

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Figure 1: Stem-cell transitions.
Figure 2: Dopamine-producing neurons derived from mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells15.
Figure 3: In principle, liver diseases might be treatable by transplanting isolated liver cells (hepatocytes).

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