The secret lives of stem cells

Through a novel technique using genetic tags as “barcodes,” Fernando Camargo, PhD, of Children’s Stem Cell Program is tracking the live workings of adult stem cells in mice, under a National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award. Camargo is monitoring the day-to-day activity and differentiation of individual stem cells and their offspring in their natural living environment over time. Although the work will track stem cells in the blood-forming system, the model is applicable to a variety of tissues and will yield many insights applicable to human disease and potential treatment by regenerating diseased or damaged tissues. Read more.