Stem cells assessed

Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2012 Jun 8;13(7):471-6. doi: 10.1038/nrm3371.


The increasing momentum of stem cell research continues, with the better characterization of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, the conversion of differentiated cells into different cell types and the use of pluripotent stem cells to generate whole tissues, among other advances. Here, six experts in the field of stem cell research compare different stem cell models and highlight the importance of pursuing complementary experimental approaches for a better understanding of pluripotency and differentiation and an informed approach to medical applications.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bioethics
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Embryonic Stem Cells / cytology*
  • Humans
  • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells / cytology*
  • Mice
  • Models, Biological
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • Stem Cell Research*
  • Stem Cells / cytology*