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New epiblast stem cells could aid research into new therapies

Stem cells, for the last few years, have been creating waves in the field of research and treatment. After cardiologists and vascular surgeons resorting to ‘adult stem cell therapy’ for treating heart disease, bringing promises for ‘no-option patients’ suffering from Coronary Artery Disease (Coronary Heart Disease), Cardiomyopathy, and Congestive Heart Failure, it is now, perhaps, the turn for the Parkinson’s patients to take its help. The discovery of yet another ‘new stem cell-type’ assures the optimistic and impertinent UK scientists with more research into curing several diseases using it. Perhaps, it can be a hope for Parkinson’s patients, with the disease responding to ‘stem cell therapy.’ Unlike the previously extracted animal stem cells that behaved very differently from human counterparts, the two new researches extracted rodent embryonic stem cells, which closely resemble that of humans. This eventually is building hopes in bringing in stem cell therapy into newer arenas. The new type of stem cells is named ‘epiblast stem cells,’ which Professor Roger Pederson claims to constitute “the missing link’ between mouse and human embryonic stem cells. Bolstering this research, another team of scientists at Oxford University, independently has come up with the same findings. Cuing with these new epiblast stem cell-lines, the future is sure to see potential stem cell therapies for painful and killer disease using human embryonic stem cells. Image