MSU researchers discover new stem cell in genetic 'trash pile'

Mar 10, 2016

Stem cells are the raw materials the body uses to build any specific type of cell. Researchers at Michigan State University say they’ve found a new type of stem cell that may be used to regenerate healthy cells. Current State talks with Dr. Amy Ralston and graduate student Anthony Parenti.


Tony Parenti is a graduate student in MSU's Cell and Molecular Biology Program
Credit Courtesy photo / MSU Cell and Molecular Biology

Stem cells are a much acclaimed and controversial topic in the scientific world. They’re the building blocks that can grow into any specialized cell type in the body. Stem cells come from both embryo and adult tissues.

A lot of stem cell research focuses on their ability to replace unhealthy cells. This is known as regenerative medicine. Researchers at Michigan State University have discovered a new type of stem cell that they say could advance the field of regenerative medicine.

Current State talks with biochemist Amy Ralston and graduate student Anthony Parenti. They work in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Michigan State University.