Hydrogels can put stem cells to sleep

Hydrogels can put stem cells to sleep

Unlike normal cells, stem cells are pluripotent – they can become any cell type, which makes them powerful potential treatments for diseases such as diabetes, leukemia and age-related blindness. However, maintaining this versatility until the time is right is a major challenge.

Professor Steve Armes and Dr Nick Warren from the Department of Chemistry, Professor Harry Moore and Dr Irene Canton from the Department of Biomedical Science (and Centre for Stem Cell Biology) recently revealed that mimicking a natural process called diapause can halt stem cells, effectively putting them to sleep for up to two weeks.

Read more this research article.