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Adult stem cells

Adult, or somatic, stem cells are multipotent or tissue-specific stem cells found in various tissues and organs throughout the body. Unlike embryonic stem cells, they are more limited in their differentiation potential and typically give rise to the cell types associated with their specific tissue or organ. For example, hematopoietic stem cells give rise to the cells of the blood system, and neural stem cells give rise to cells of the nervous system.

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