Stem Cell Resource

Introduction to Pluripotent Stem Cells

By Karl Willert, Ph.D., Director UCSD Stem Cell Core

The derivation of the first human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) by Dr. James Thomson in 1998 (Thomson et al., 1998) ushered in a new era in biomedical research and opened the door to novel therapeutic treatments of previously incurable diseases. From a strictly scientific perspective, hESCs represent a unique and powerful model system to study human development at the cellular level. Read more…


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