Stem cells have been big news for the past couple of years and yet they remain remarkably inscrutable in terms of declaring their true nature and identity. On pages 778-784 of this issue, Toma et al. describe the identification of a new type of stern cell from the dermis of the skin, called skin-derived precursor (SKP) cells. These can be converted into several differentiated cell types in vitro, including neurons, and might become a source of cells for therapeutic tissue repair.
|Journal||Nature cell biology|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|