There may be another upside to liposuction that goes far beyond aesthetics. Research published in the journal PLOS ONE shows that a recently discovered cell population with life-saving potential can be found in fat removed during this simple cosmetic surgery.

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology have isolated a new group of pluripotent stem cells, or cells that have the ability to differentiate into many other types of cells within the body. Their transformative properties makes them ripe for scientific testing.

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