Stem Cells 101

Stem cells are unique in that they have both the ability to self-renew (make more of the same kind of stem cell) and to differentiate into a more specialized cell type. There are different types of stem cells. Yale investigators work are many different types of adult and embryonic stem cells. Examples of adult stem cells include blood stem cells, which reside in the bone marrow where they produce all of our red blood cells and white blood cells, and neural stem cells, which make new neurons.  Stem cell research includes studies to determine their basic function and how they can be used in the clinic to aid in tissue repair and regeneration.

For more information about stem cells, see the resources below.