World's largest stem cell bank housed at Buck Institute in Novato

NOVATO, Calif. (KGO) -- The world's largest public stem cell bank is now open for business in Marin County.

It's housed at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato.

It's stocked with 300 stem cell lines that can be used to develop tissue for people with heart, skin, liver, or kidney problems.

The cells are not the type that are harvested from embryos, but they have similar properties.

They'll also be collecting tissue for research into Alzheimer's, autism, cardiovascular disease and more.
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