Women's Health

Small Wonders

Pop quiz: Stem cells can be used to 1) fight cancer, 2) grow a new kidney, 3) erase wrinkles, or 4) repad creaky knees. Can’t settle on one answer? Not surprising—the mini powerhouses have grabbed attention lately with studies hinting at their potential to do all of the above.

What makes stem cells so special? Unlike other types of cells, they have the ability to endlessly replicate themselves to replenish tissue. They’re also shape-shifters, capable of transforming into more specialized cells (say, a red blood cell or a lung cell) when they

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