New technique allows scientists to identify populations of rare stem cells in bone marrow

October 7, 2014

In a new study that should make it easier to develop such stem-cell-based therapies, a team of researchers from MIT and the Singapore-MIT Alliance in Research and Technology (SMART) has identified three physical characteristics of MSCs that can distinguish them from other immature cells found in the bone marrow. Based on this information, they plan to create devices that could rapidly isolate MSCs, making it easier to generate enough stem cells to treat patients. See the MIT News Office for the full story.

MIT and SMART researchers have developed a way to isolate mesenchymal stem cells based on physical traits such as stiffness.

Image courtesy of the researchers

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