Frequently Asked Questions
What are human embryonic stem cells?
- Human embryonic stem cells (hESC) are usually derived from the inner cell mass (ICM) of the human blastocyst (day 5-7 post fertilization); they are totipotent/pluripotent that are capable of self-renewal and giving rise to all types of cells and tissues (bones, muscles, neurons, skin, blood, etc.) in the body. These cells have the potential to cure many of the human diseases. Go to NIH's definition of stem cells »
What services are offered at the Center?
The Stanford Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Education offers many services: It provides Basic and Advanced Stem Cell Culture and Derivation training courses, Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer advanced technique class, and other classes. It also distributes hESC lines to researchers worldwide. Special requests are also available depending on circumstances, and arrangements are made on case-to-case basis.
Who qualifies for stem cell training?
Anyone who possesses basic cell culture and sterile techniques qualifies. Priorities are given to researchers and scientists who have CIRM grants. Also, prior to working with human embryonic stem cells at Stanford University, all prospective trainees have to complete the Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Procedures and Tutorial.
How to Sign Up for Stem Cell Training
- It is really simple to sign up for stem cell training at Stanford University. Apply now »
Do I have to be associated with Stanford University to get stem cell training?
You do not have to be associated with Stanford University to get stem cell training. Anyone who has the desire and qualifications can sign up for stem cell training.
What are the fees for stem cell training?
There are no fees; stem cell training at Stanford University is FREE of charge. However, trainees are responsible for their personal expenses such as lodging, transportation and meals.
What stem cell lines are distributed from the Center for research?
We distribute Stanford stem cell lines (LSJ lines) and WiCell lines for research. However, due to limitations, we do not distribute non-Stanford cell lines outside of Stanford. You have to complete and sign the Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) before working with these stem cell lines.
How do I contact the Center?
Visit our Contact information page for more details.
An H9 stem cell colony grows in the present of mouse feeder cells.