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Wed, July 1, 2009
Fallopian Tubes Potential For Stem Cells
There has been much research in the area of mesenchymal stem cells, which are the cells that are able to be expanded into muscle, and various types of tissues such as bone cells.

A Brazilian team, headed by Tatiana Jazedje and a team from the Human Genome Research Centre at the University of Sao Paulo has completed a study that shows that human fallopian tubes could readily play a role in this area. Fallopian tubes were obtained via hysterectomy of fertile women ages 35-53 (and did not undergo hormone treatment for at least three months prior to the study).

The finding is promising as the topic of harvesting the mesenchymal cells is controversial and this study provides not only another pathway to obtain these cells through normal medical procedures but also may play a role in regenerative medicine and reproductive science overall.

For more information on this research, please visit http://www.news-medical.net/news/20090617/Fallopian-tubes-a-new-source-of-multipotent-adult-mesenchymal-stem-cells.aspx.

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