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Scientists find culprit responsible for calcified blood vessels in kidney disease

Stem cells called Gli1 cells
A new study indicates that stem cells called Gli1 cells (shown in red) are responsible for depositing calcium in the arteries, increasing the risk of atherosclerosis. Over time, the condition can lead to cardiovascular disease and is especially common in patients with chronic kidney disease. The research may help scientists find ways to prevent hardening of arteries. (Image: Humphries Lab)
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