Thymus arises from proliferations of the 3rd pharyngeal pouch. Thymic cells migrate to the anterior mediastinum, carrying parathyroid tissue, and finally fuse at the larynx.
Duration: 1 week
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Hematopoietic stem cells found in the liver.
Williams CB. 2003. Development of the immune system. In Rudolph’s Pediatrics 21st Edition, Rudolph CD & Rudolph AM, Editors. New York: McGraw-Hill.