Lung cells have remarkable regeneration ability

April 13, 2015 6:03 PM

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Lung cells have remarkable regeneration ability

"There is much more flexibility in the system than we have previously appreciated," said lead author Jon Epstein.

There are two main kinds of cells in the alveoli, terminal ends of the respiratory tree that perform the gas-exchange function inside the lungs. Type 1 cells are long and thin and enable the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide -- they facilitate the actual breath. Type 2 cells secrete a liquid sub...

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