How do we keep track of stem cells and what do they look like?
One thing that needs to be figured out before stem cells are used for therapy is how to know if stem cells go where they are supposed to once in the body. Researchers at Johns Hopkins are busy devising ways for Tracking the Elusive Stem Cell and trying to better understand and recognize Stem Cell Signatures that can be used to follow these cells in action.
Stem cells share their ability to continue dividing with cancerous cells. Because of this, some researchers believe that At the Root of Cancer might be cells that are stem cell-like. In fact the Unlikely Dynamic Duo of stem cells and cancer cells may share similar Epigenetic markings on their DNA, and many Hopkins researchers are trying to learn more about how they are related.