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A new type of stem cell could be closer on the horizon.
"The stem cells we've developed can adapt to their surroundings and repair a range of damaged tissues," - John Pimand, senior author.
Human fat cells were exposed to a compound mixture that caused the cells to lose their original identity.
Reprogrammed these cells using two drugs - azacitidine (blood cancer) and a growth facto.
Human iMS(induced multipotent stem cells) were injected into mice - repaired tissues after injury.
They are made from a patient's own cells, which reduces the risk of rejection.
Existing technologies transform cells into stem cells but have key limitations.
Researchers are mindful that potential translation to human therapies is still a long way away.
Research by University of New South Wales published in Science Advances.