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Stem cells

Differentiated cells in a back-up role

Nature volume 503, pages 204205 (14 November 2013) | Download Citation

Two independent studies show that, if push comes to shove, differentiated cells of the stomach and lung can act as adult stem cells, generating various cell types of the tissues, including a pool of stem cells. See Article p.218

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  1. Tushar J. Desai is in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California 94305-5307, USA.

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  2. Mark A. Krasnow is in the Department of Biochemistry and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California 94305-5307, USA.

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