Medicine » Stem Cell Research

Embryonic Stem Cells - Differentiation and Pluripotent Alternatives

Edited by Michael S. Kallos, ISBN 978-953-307-632-4, 518 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published October 12, 2011 under CC BY 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/1789

The ultimate clinical implementation of embryonic stem cells will require methods and protocols to turn these unspecialized cells into the fully functioning cell types found in a wide variety of tissues and organs. In order to achieve this, it is necessary to clearly understand the signals and cues that direct embryonic stem cell differentiation. This book provides a snapshot of current research on the differentiation of embryonic stem cells to a wide variety of cell types, including neural, cardiac, endothelial, osteogenic, and hepatic cells. In addition, induced pluripotent stem cells and other pluripotent stem cell sources are described. The book will serve as a valuable resource for engineers, scientists, and clinicians as well as students in a wide range of disciplines.