Monday, 2 June 2014

Stem cell culture

June’s issue of Nature Materials has a focus on stem cell culture.  The first of three reviews discusses how various inherent properties of materials may be engineered to regulate stem cell decisions, while a second focuses on the influence of the nano scale extracellular environment on stem cell fate via integrin-matrix interactions.  The third review outlines progress in high-throughput materials discovery of growth substrates for large-scale human pluripotent stem cell culture.  A Perspective article discusses the interplay between soluble factors and physical microenvironment in the control of stem cell fate.  A variety of primary research articles and supporting “News and Views” pieces are also contained in the focus.  Worth a look.

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