Testes Leaving Scientific Mark

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Testes are wondrous things.

Using spermatogonial progenitor stem cells (SPCs) obtained from the mouse’s testes, the researchers were able to redirect the cells’ development in the lab to form so-called “multi-potent adult spermatogonial-derived stem cells” (MASCs).

It was these cells that went on to develop into working blood vessel (endothelial) cells and tissue, as well as cardiac cells, brain cells and a host of other cell types.

[Says researcher Dr. Shahin Rafii] “…It appears that these unique specialized spermatogonial cells could be an easily obtained and manipulated source of stem cells with exactly the same capability to form new tissues that we see in embryonic stem cells.”

Who knew?