More On Skin Stem Cells

Medical News Today reports on evidence for a type of multipotent stem cell in hair follicles that persists into adulthood. "Studies in the mouse showed that neural crest stem cells from adult hair follicles are able to differentiate into neurons, nerve supporting cells, cartilage/bone cells, smooth muscle cells, and pigment cells. Preliminary data indicate that equivalent stem cells reside in human hair follicles." If verified, this offers an easier path to regenerative medicine for a wide range of age-related degenerative conditions - trials over the past few years have already demonstrated the process of extracting adult stem cells, culturing and reimplanting them in the body.



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