Stem cell Biology has come to prominence in the last two decades. Stem cells are cells with the potential to create any type of cell found in the body, i.e. they can regenerate damaged tissue.
All human tissue has its own stem cells that produce the rest of the tissue, maintaining a balance by displacing damaged tissue and creating new tissue in its place.
When the stem cells mutate increasingly as a person grows older, it is thought these produce tumours. These cells are called cancer stem cells; they are chemotherapy-resistant and cause the tumour’s resurgence. The research asks the question, what triggers these cells?
Start Date: 1 October 2012