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WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) — North Carolina State University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem have set up a partnership to work on stem cell medical treatments for animals and humans.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported reported the university and the hospital will exchange students and faculty to work on research projects and publications.

They also will work to find safe and effective ways to use stem cells to regenerate damaged organs.

Dr. Anthony Atala of the Wake Forest institute says the partnership hopes to develop advanced treatments for companion animals as well as speeding new regenerative medicine therapy for people.

An N.C. State professor says treatment for dogs could be ready in two years, while human clinical trials are probably six to eight years away.

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