Helen Blau Co-Organizes 2022 Pontifical Academy of Sciences Stem Cell Meeting

Stem Cells and Their Promise for Regenerative Medicine Workshop at the PAS

Photo by Gabriella C. Marino

Two major types of stem cells exist during the lifecycle of multicellular organisms: embryonic stem cells, resulting from the early divisions of the egg, characterized by their “pluripotency”, i.e. the capacity, that they share with the egg cell itself, to produce all the cell types found in the adult organism, and the tissue-specific stem cells present in the tissues and organs of the adult. The latter play an important role in renewing the cells of the various organs during the entire life. Top stem cell biologists met at this workshop to discuss the pressing questions of the field. The final statement from the meeting is available here.