Speaker Name(s): Ian Rogers PhD
Description: Stem cells are good candidates for tissue and cell therapies but a greater understanding of their basic properties is required before they can be developed for use in the clinic. Embryonic stem cells, which have the ability for self-renewal and are able to produce many different cell types, are derived from the early embryo but under normal conditions early embryonic cells are only capable of producing many diverse cell types, but are not capable of unlimited self-renewal. Adult stem cells are capable of self-renewal over a typical human life span but are only capable of giving rise to more blood cells. It is important to understand the characteristics of naturally occurring stem cells and how growing them outside of the body in culture dishes can alter their properties.