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Stem cells

Lost in translation

The potential use of stem cells as agents of repair in human disease makes them the subject of high-profile studies. But we should be wary of prematurely pushing laboratory research into clinical practice.

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Figure 1: Two strategies used to show that bone-marrow stem cells do not take on the role of damaged heart cells.


Figure 2: From experiment to therapy.


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Chien, K. Lost in translation. Nature 428, 607–608 (2004).

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