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Embryonic Stem Cells Controlled With Light

January 1, 2016

Stem cell colonies starting to transform into neurons under optical control. ( Image Credit: Image courtesy of University of California – San Francisco)  UC San Francisco researchers have for the first time developed a method to [more...]

Using Microfluidic Devices to Sort Stem Cells

November 11, 2015

An overview of the process. After the cell sample is pumped through the device, the sorted single cells are collected at the outlet and cultured in a low serum media to promote differentiation. While there are no cures for neurological [more...]

A Fast Cell Sorter Shrinks to Cell Phone Size

September 22, 2015

Drawing of blood components being separated by sound waves (Image Image: Tony Jun Huang/Penn State) Commercial fluorescence activated cell sorters have been highly successful in the past 40 years at rapidly and accurately aiding medical [more...]

The Anatomy of Cancer

June 21, 2015

Breast Cancer Stem Cells (Image Credit: University of Michigan) , Adopted from TumorGen MDx One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer. But what is cancer?  Cancer is a set of complex diseases. The origins of [more...]

Mechanically Stimulating Stem Cells

April 4, 2015

Diagram of inertial microfluidic separation, developed with Professor J. Han at MIT and SMART, for sorting mesenchymal (bone marrow-derived) stem cells by cell diameter. Illustration adapted from the 2014 PNAS article, “Multivariate [more...]