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New Stem Cell Derived from Mice, Horses, and Humans

A team of researchers headed by Jun Wu, PhD, assistant professor of molecular biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has derived a new type of embryonic pluripotent stem cell from mice, horses, and humans that they have named XPSC.

A unique feature of XPSCs is that they can not only be induced to form chimeras, but they can also be differentiated into precursors of sperm and ova. To date, no known pluripotent stem cell has demonstrated this dual competency.

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