Stem cells are stirring a revolution in the health-care industry by offering the promise of cures for a variety of stubborn human ailments: diabetes, cancer, spinal cord injuries.
But scientists have been encountering some significant hurdles in managing what had initially been viewed in research circles as the deliberately volatile and precarious nature of stem cells.
While stem cells are increasingly being viewed as microbiology’s miracle workers, they also have a reputation as trouble makers. Until now.
Stanford University researchers may have discovered a type of gel that accommodates stem cell’s fickle side and allows scientists to help direct cell development to produce its intended objective: