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Stem Cell Basics

This primer on stem cells is intended for anyone who wishes to learn more about the biological properties of stem cells, the important questions about stem cells that are the focus of scientific research, and the potential use of stem cells in research and in treating disease.

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  1. Introduction: What are stem cells, and why are they important?
  2. What are the unique properties of all stem cells?
  3. How do you culture stem cells in the laboratory?
  4. How are stem cells used in biomedical research and therapies?
  5. How does NIH support stem cell research?