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But Are They Jiggly?

Alternative to Surface Markers Can Be Used to Sort Stem Cells

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Scientists have identified a new characteristic that could be used to identify progenitor cells that are particularly likely to differentiate into bone, cartilage and fat, respectively. Instead of the usual cell surface markers, they measured the mechanical characteristics of one type of stem cell, the mesenchymal stem cell, and were able to predict whether a given cell was more likely to differentiate into bone, cartilage or fat.

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