Thursday, March 16, 2006

Menstrual Blood May Be Good Stem Cell Source

Preliminary findings reported at the Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology suggest that stem cells from mentrual blood may be a good source of cardiomyocytes (heart muscle cells), and may be a better source than bone-marrow derived stem cells. Endometrial stem cells were harvested from the stem cells of 6 women, after which researchers "were able to obtain 30 million stem cells from a single menstrual blood cell, compared with a rate of approximately one million stem cells from marrow-derived blood cell." Slightly more information is available via the Medscape website; you will need a login, but may borrow one from BugMeNot.

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MeSH Tags: Endometrium; Menstruation; Myocytes, Cardiac; Stem Cells

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