Urine Stem Cells Can Become Multiple Cell

Could harvesting stem cells for therapy one day be as simple as asking patients for a urine sample?

Researchers led by Dr. Duanqing Pei, of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, have identified stem cells in urine that can be directed to become multiple cell types.

A new approach? Not entirely.

Yuanyuan Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of regenerative medicine and senior researcher on the project from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Institute said in 2013, “These cells can be obtained through a simple, non-invasive low-cost approach that avoids surgical procedures,”

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