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RESEARCH SHOWS BONE MARROW CELLS AS EFFECTIVE AS EMBRYONIC — Adult bone marrow cells can fuse with specialized brain cells, possibly bolstering the brain cells or repairing damage, according to research from the Stanford Univ School of Medicine. This finding helps resolve an ongoing debate: Do adult stem cells transform bone marrow cells into other cell types, such as brain, muscle or liver cells, or do they fuse with those cells to form a single entity with two nuclei? David Stevens, MD, exec dir of the Christian Medical Association says that other studies suggest that something in the damaged organ triggers adult stem cells to begin the repair process. “The more important point is that adult/umbilical cord cell transplants work,” Stevens said. [Stanford, CA;,, 18Oct03]