An alternative stem cell type holds potential to create chimaeric organ systems


Pluripotency, the ability to generate any cell type of the body, is an evanescent attribute of embryonic stem cells and epiblast stem cells – two types of stem cells known. However, scientists from La Jolla, California have discovered a new type of stem cell. This stem cell could provide a model of early human development. Eventually, it will even allow human organs to be grown in larger animals for research or therapeutic purposes.