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Bacteria discovery aids stem cell research

A discovery about the way in which bugs spread throughout the body could help to develop stem cell treatments.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that bacteria are able to change the make-up of supporting cells within the nerve system, called Schwann cells, so that they take on the properties of stem cells.

Once the infection was fully established, the bacteria were able to convert the Schwann cells to become like stem cells.

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