Toward Lung Regeneration

Chapman, Harold A.
May 2011
New England Journal of Medicine;5/12/2011, Vol. 364 Issue 19, p1867
Academic Journal
The author comments on a research study which implies the potential of c-kit-positive lung stem cells to overcome one of the hurdles in human lung regeneration, the identification and isolation of a native lung cell that could be used to replenish functioning lung tissue in a patient with lung disease. He argues the absence of evidence showing that endogenous c-kit-positive lung stem cells contribute to the development or lung repair. He thinks that a provocative implication of the discovery of the cells concerns bioengineering.


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