Research brief: Stem cell discovery

A new source of stem cells has been discovered that can be used to create muscle, bone, fat, nerve and liver cells, according to US research. A number of stem cells were isolated from amniotic fluid specimens, obtained for amniocentesis, that could give rise to many specialised cell types. They have been named amniotic-fluid-derived stem cells. They are easily obtainable and can be grown in large quantities (Nature Biotechnology Online).

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