Intestinal stem cells can supersize the gut – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. The current understanding of how adult stem cells work is that they simply replace dead or injured cells. But…
O’Brien: What our team has found out is that these stem cells can do more than just maintain organs.
Narrator: Lucy O’Brien is an assistant researcher at UC Berkeley. Through NIH funded research in fruit flies, she has found that adult stem cells in the intestine can supersize the gut.
O’Brien: I think by expanding our view of what stem cells are capable of, it gives us more ideas about how we can harness the potential stem cells and apply them to human disease.
Narrator: For more on this research, visit www.nigms.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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