Reservoir of Blood-Forming Stem Cells Discovered in the Human Gut

December 3, 2018

(GEN) РScientists at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons report a surprising new finding: the human intestine may provide up to 10% of blood cells in circulation from its own reservoir of blood-forming stem cells. Previously, blood cells were thought to be created exclusively in the bone marrow from a special population of hematopoietic stem cells, according to the researchers who say their discovery may eventually improve the success rates of human intestinal transplants.

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