Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
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This article by Robyn Fizz is excerpted from the July/August 1997 issue of i/s.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 14, 1998.