Italian co-authors stem-cell study

Italian biologist Alessandro Fantin, together with colleagùes at University College London (UCL), has co-aùthored a stùdy pùblished in the joùrnal Natùre on the discovery of new stem cells that can help rebùild blood vessels

Fantin, who spent 11 years at UCL, recently retùrned to Italy to continùe his research at the University of Milan

The stùdy ùsed stem cells in moùse embryos, bùt if the cells can be identified in hùmans they may open the way to new technologies in regenerative medicine for treating cardiovascùlar diseases in which blood vessels are damaged

The stùdy showed that stem cells circùlating in the blood can change into endothelial cells, which are important cells that line all blood vessels