About stem cells

What are stem cells? Stem cells are the body’s natural reservoir – replenishing stocks of specialized cells that have been used up or damaged. They can continuously produce copies of themselves as well as other more specialized cell types. This makes stem cells unique, fascinating to scientists, and promising in medicine.

In this section: stem cell factsheets | FAQ | glossary | links | regulations


In focus: embryonic stem cells | iPS cellsclinical trials | neurological disorders  

Stem cell clinical trials

Collated information about clinical trials and stem cell treatments, including FAQ, news stories, links for patients, clinical trials round-ups and educational resources.

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We've worked with scientists and doctors to answer some of your most frequently asked questions about stem cell science and potential therapies.

What is a ...?

cell line: a population of cells all carrying the same genes, grown in the laboratory through many cycles of growth and division over many generations of cells.

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