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Uni breaks new stem cell ground
By Phil Fleming
SCIENTISTS from Lancaster University are at the forefront of ground-breaking research into human stem cells which could hold the key to treatments for cancer and other serious diseases.
The department of biological sciences is leading an international team which has successfully located stem cells in the gastro-intestinal tract.
Research carried out at the Daresbury Laboratory near Warrington has examined the chemical fingerprints' of individual cells using an intense light facility known as the Synchrotron.
The university's Dr Frank Martin says: "This is a powerful development, building significantly on our current understanding of human stem cells, particularly on how we can locate them in the body and how they behave.
"This same technique could be now be used in other parts of the body where the location of stems cells remains unclear and has enormous potential for research into life threatening illnesses or serious injury to the body."
The full paper on this research is published in the January issue of Stem Cells.