Stem Cell Sources for Regenerative Medicine

  • Ali M. Riazi
  • Sarah Y. Kwon
  • William L. Stanford
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 482)


Tissue-resident stem cells or primitive progenitors play an integral role in homeostasis of most organ systems. Recent developments in methodologies to isolate and culture embryonic and somatic stem cells have many new applications poised for clinical and preclinical trials, which will enable the potential of regenerative medicine to be realized. Here, we overview the current progress in therapeutic applications of various stem cells and discuss technical and social hurdles that must be overcome for their potential to be realized.

Key words

Stem cells cell therapy regeneration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ali M. Riazi
    • 1
  • Sarah Y. Kwon
    • 2
  • William L. Stanford
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied ChemistryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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