May 24, 2016
(Asian Scientist) – Researchers in China have successfully developed human haploid embryonic stem cells (ESCs). This new type of ESC holds a single copy of the human genome instead of the normal two; yet, they are capable of cell division. Their work was published in Cell Research. Mammalian haploid ESCs can be derived from androgenetic or parthenogenetic embryos of different species, including mice, rats and monkeys. However, whether haploid ESCs can be generated from humans was previously unknown.
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