US firm discovers primitive adult stem cells in blood that may lead to therapies:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Adult stem cell specialists Moraga Biotechnology has discovered Blastomere-Like Stem Cells (BLSCs) - now a proprietary product - in the peripheral blood of mammals. The firm claims that the cells are able to differentiate into most cells in the body, and may eventually be used to treat conditions such as heart attack and stroke. In addition, Moraga has developed a new method for isolating and purifying large numbers of these cells without ex vivo expansion. In the future, the Los Angeles, California-based company hopes to use the technology to create a stem cell bank simply using blood samples.