The research demonstrated that blood-bearing stem cells were the only bone marrow cells that could produce hepatocytes.
It also showed that, potentially, this could be done very effectively.
Researchers at StemCells Inc, of Sunnyvale, California, USA, tested a range of bone marrow stem cells by purifying them and transplanting them into mice.
The research showed that just 50 hematopoietic stem cells were enough to produce liver cells.
Dr Eric Lagasse, director of Liver Stem Cell Research at StemCells, said: "These remarkable results indicate that the hematopoietic stem cells are the only cells in the bone marrow responsible for the restoration of liver functions.
"This study provides the first demonstration that liver function can be restored from bone marrow cells in mice with a virulent form of liver failure and that highly purified blood stem cells can efficiently give rise to normal liver cells."
Dr Lagasse has worked with Dr Markus Grompe at Oregon Health Sciences University, Milton Finegold of Baylor College of Medicine and Dr Irving Weissman of Stanford University, on the project.
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