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Research Highlight #5: Leukemic stem cells from iPSCs

Posted by on June 9th, 2020

Today let’s delve into a curious case involving induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and leukemic stem cells (LSCs). Most blood cells derived from iPSCs are unable to engraft in immunodeficient mice. However, Wesely and colleagues observed an exceptionally high engraftment efficiency of cell lines derived from an individual affected by acute myeloid leukemia (AML). In[…]

Research Highlight #4: Macrophages in human development

Posted by on June 1st, 2020

Today we return our interest to human development, focusing on a special blood cell: the macrophage. Produced in multiple, stem cell-independent waves, macrophages colonize the developing foetus early on, forming several tissue-resident populations. This includes the microglia which are essential for brain and spinal cord development. In this paper, the authors looked into macrophage development[…]