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Evaluating human embryonic germ cells: concord and conflict as pluripotent stem cells

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  • Rb Pathology
  • Rm Therapeutics. Pharmacology
  • Qh301 Biology
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  • Medicine

Abstract

The realization of cell replacement therapy derived from human pluripotent stem cells requires full knowledge of the starting cell types as well as their differentiated progeny. Alongside embryonic stem cells, embryonic germ cells (EGCs) are an alternative source of pluripotent stem cell. Since 1998, four groups have described the derivation of human EGCs. This review analyzes the progress on derivation, culture, and differentiation, drawing comparison with other pluripotent stem cell populations.

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