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Researchers at Oxford University have discovered that a newly discovered group of cells can help repair tissues in the body.
The researchers, who are supported by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, say these cells, which are abundant in our bodies, could be harnessed to help heal tissues and treat diseases such as infections of the lung, the bowel or the skin. The research was published in the journal Cell Reports.
Oxford - Teams - Kind - Blood - Cell
The two Oxford teams were investigating a kind of white blood cell, the mucosal associated invariant T cells, or MAIT cells for short, which were only identified in the last few years.
Dr. Timothy Hinks, of the University's Experimental Medicine Division led one of two research groups studying these cells. He said: "MAIT cells are remarkable in several ways. They are very numerous throughout the different tissues of our bodies. They are also ancient in evolutionary terms, being found in animals as distantly related as humans, mice and even opossums and Tasmanian devils.
Cells - Years - Role - Health
"The cells have changed very little in 150 million years, suggesting they play an important role in health. But it's been hard to work out exactly what that key...
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