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    Stem Cell

    Stem cells

    Stem cells

    Human embryonic stem cells

    Stem Cells

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    Human embryonic stem cell A colony of human embyronic stem cells (light blue) growing on fibroblasts (dark blue). Learn more about CIRM-funded stem cell research: www.cirm.ca.gov

    Human Embryonic Stem Cells

    stem cells

    Stem cell research. Cultures of stem cells growing in petri dishes. Stem cells are pluripotent, they are able to differentiate into any of the cell types of the body. Source: sciencephoto.com

    Retinal pigment epithelium precursor cells Human embryonic stem cells differentiating into precursors cells of the retina. Nuclei are in blue. Pink indicates the presence of Pax6, a protein found in retinal tissue. The retinal pigment epithelium is the tissue responsible for macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness. This photo was taken in the lab of David Buchholz at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Learn more about CIRM-funded stem cell research: www.cirm.ca.gov

    embryonic stem cell culture

    Neurons (in blue to yellow) growing on top of astrocytes (in red, helper cells within the nervous system) in a human stem cell embryoid body (a cluster of differentiating human embryonic stem cells).

    neural stem cells

    "Bone grown from human embryonic stem cells. Human embryonic stem cells can now be used to grow bone tissue grafts for use in research and potential therapeutic application. The study is the first example of using bone cell progenitors derived from human embryonic stem cells to grow compact bone tissue in quantities large enough to repair centimeter-sized defects."

    What Are Stem Cells #infographic #Health

    A particularly pernicious enemy - cancer stem cell.

    A fluorescent microscopic image of neurons generated from human embryonic stem cells.

    Stem Cells in Bone Marrow

    Love this idea. Stem cell banks enable wealthy to free "backup version" of their adult selves. However, current research is suggesting that even 'young' stem cells might react poorly in an aged tissue or systemic environment. We might need to refine how we can induce the right biological cues to these cells once the they are transplanted.