We have the opportunity to understand our beginnings: the first few days of life and decisions made in forming our uniquely human cell lineages.
We are constantly optimizing our stem cell culture conditions and finding more efficient ways to derive and differentiate human embryonic stem cell lines that can be used to treat and cure diseases.
Currently we are using SCNT technique to derive human embryonic stem cells that are medically-accepted for therapeutic treatments of diseases. At the same time, we are exploring other strategies to generate pluripotent stem cells that can be used clinically.
Understanding the developmental program of human germ cells is important to reproductive health, including fertility, sex determination and cancer.