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Wednesday
Jun292011

Research Shows Stem Cells Can Replace Themselves

Science Photo Library / Getty Im(BALTIMORE) -- Nervous system stem cells can replace themselves and even amplify, according to a study conducted by a Johns Hopkins team.

The research, conducted on adult mice, shows that a lone brain cell can generate two new functional brain stem cells.

“If we can somehow cash in on this newly discovered property of stem cells in the brain, and find ways to intervene so they divide more, then we might actually increase their numbers instead of losing them over time, which is what normally happens, perhaps due to aging or diseases,” said Hongjun Song, Ph.D., director of the Stem Cell Program in the Institute for Cell Engineering, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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