stem cells in breast milk

In a recent issue of New Scientist, Douglas Heaven explains that

“Proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins are all on the menu for a breastfed baby. Now it seems you can add stem cells to that list. Evidence is piling up that both breast milk and breast tissue contain embryonic-like stem cells.”

Heaven is drawing on Foteini Hassiotou from the University of Western Australia, who found stem cells in lactating breast tissue and breast milk. Heaven quotes Hassiotou: “One can speculate wildly about what they do in the baby,” says Hassiotou. But she thinks that breastfed infants could be getting a developmental head start, with stem cells from the mother contributing to organ development in the newborn.”

Ref: Douglas Heaven (16th March 2013) Are breast milk stem cells the real deal? New Scientist, p.14

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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