Atala stopped short of calling the cells pluripotent, which means the ability to form many cell types. He said while the cells meet some of the characteristics of pluripotency, such as versatility, they do not form tumors when implanted in animals, which is also considered a characteristic. The fact that the amnion cells are less likely to form tumors may be one advantage that they have over embryonic stem cells in their potential for clinical use.
Monday, November 23, 2009
More research with amniotic stem cells
Science Daily has information on new research from Wake Forest's Anthony Atala on versatility of amniotic stem cells