Scientists are a step closer to developing 'smart' stem cells – and they're made from human fat

Scientists are a step closer to developing 'smart' stem cells – and they're made from human fat

A new type of stem cell—that is, a cell with regenerative abilities—could be closer on the horizon, a new study led by UNSW Sydney shows. The stem cells (called induced multipotent stem cells, or iMS) can be made from easily accessible human cells—in this case, fat—and reprogrammed to act as stem cells. The results of the animal study, which created human stem cells and tested their effectiveness in mice, were published online in Science Advances today—and while the results are encouraging, more research and tests are needed before any potential translation to human therapies. "The stem cells we've developed can …
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