Mastering Stem Cells

Molecular Biologist Peggy Goodell:

Unveiling Stem Cell Genetics


Goodell Examines Stem Cells

Molecular biologist Goodell wants to improve health with stem cells

Stem cells

Question:

Can all stem cells make any kind of cell?


Answer: No

Adult stem cells are already specialized


Unlimited Potential

Image: Jeff Miller

Stem cell colony


Specialized Cells

Hematopoetic stem cells (HSC)


Addressing a Challenge

Background: Patients get bone marrow transplants (containing less than 1% HSC) to produce healthy blood cells. More HSC would make bone marrow transplants safer.

Problem: Bone marrow doesn't contain a dense concentration of HSC.

Challenge: Get HSC to make more of itself.


Mastering HSC Production

Image: Kuan Lin

Adult stem cells (HSC)


Student Researcher: Solving Pieces of the HSC Puzzle

David Weksberg

Image: Allan Weksberg


Making Connections


Making Connections


Research Applications

What are some of the possible medical outcomes of stem cell research?