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Pluripotent Stem Cells

A Rainbow of Possibilities

A montage of fluorescent microscopy images depicts pluripotent mouse stem cells that have been encouraged to develop into various kinds of specialized tissues by a mix of chemical signals. Researchers in the Biomedical Engineering lab of Charles Gersbach are developing new methods for controlling cell behavior so that stem cells might be used to repair damaged tissues or treat genetic diseases. Each color combination represents a new cell type emerging from a previously uniform cell population. This image was one of the entries in the 2011 Abhijit Mahato Photo Contest. Credit: Pablo-Perez-Pinera & Jonathan Brunger