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.