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Credit: CC0 Public Domain. Researchers have learned that precursor cells for skeletal muscles actually also give rise to neurons, blood vessels, blood cells and immune cells, pushing science one step closer to generating body parts in a laboratory. Findings were published today in Scientific Reports . Combining developmental biology, genetics and bioinformatics, scientists at Oregon State University confirmed that Pax3 + cells act as a multifaceted stem cell niche for multiple organs at embryonic stages. "We now have the ability to label cells based on expression profiling of sequence-specific transcription factors," said corresponding author Chrissa Kioussi, professor in the OSU College o... Full story

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