PerspectiveDevelopmental Biology

Ignoratio Elenchi: Red Herrings in Stem Cell Research

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Science  20 May 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5725, pp. 1121-1122
DOI: 10.1126/science.1104432

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The tissue inside bone contains populations of cells that can migrate to other organs and take on the identity of the resident cells. Studies in this therapeutically promising area have been controversial; Quesenberry et al. outlines some misapprehensions in the field that have contributed to the confusion.