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NIH Stem Cell Unit

The NIH Stem Cell Characterization Facility

The SCU has established a database to which hESC lines, adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells may be directly compared. These data give scientists the information they need when choosing individual cell lines for specific projects. Lines eligible for use by NIH-funded researchers under current NIH policy (per the July 7, 2009, NIH stem cell guidelines) are listed at http://grants.nih.gov/stem_cells/registry/
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The initial aim of the SCU is to establish standards for all aspects of the culture process, as well as quality control and monitoring of these hESC lines. By performing these assays in a single laboratory, the SCU has established a database to which additional hESC lines, adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells may be directly compared. These data give scientists the information they need when choosing individual cell lines for specific projects.

Researchers in the field may contact us at nihstemcellunit@mail.nih.gov

Recent Publications

Chen, K.G., Mallon, B.S., Park, K., Robey, P.G., McKay, R.D.G., Gottesman, M.M., Zheng, W. (2018) "Pluripotent Stem Cell Platforms for Drug Discovery" Trends in Molecular Medicine in press

Ou, J., Ball, J.M., Luan, Y., Zhao, T., Miyagishima, K.J., Xu, Y., Zhou, H., Chen, J., Merriman, D.K., Xie, Z., Mallon, B.S. and Li, W. (2018) "iPSCs from a Hibernator Provide a Platform for Studying Cold Adaptation and Its Potential Medical Applications" Cell 173(4):851-86