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Human stem cells converted to functional lung cells

Researchers have discovered a new set of chemical factors that transform human embryonic stem cells into functional lung cells.

The functional lung cells exhibit markers of type 2 cells that can help repair injured or damaged lungs. Type 2 cells also produce surfactant, which help maintain tiny sacs in the lungs where oxygen and carbon dioxide is exchanged.

The discovery may help scientists devise better treatment options for lung diseases.

Read more at Columbia University Medical Center

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