Think of cancer as a weed: the stem cells are the root while the remaining majority of the cells are the part of the weed above ground.
If you remove only the leaves but not the root, the weed will grow back.
Hematopoietic stem cells develop into all the different types of cells in the human blood and immune systems.
Cancer stem cells are a type of adult or progenitor cell found in most types of cancer.
U-M researchers discovered the first cancer stem cells in solid tumors, finding them in breast cancer.
Since then, cancer stem cells have been identified in brain, colon, head and neck, pancreas and central nervous system tumors.
Our aim is to foster research that integrates all levels of stem cell biology, including the developmental biology, tissue growth and regeneration, diseases, aging and cancer.
We welcome original papers on a broad range of subjects relating to stem cells, developmental biology, tissue regeneration, and translational research.
Under the right conditions, these stem cells will retain the ability to divide and make copies of themselves indefinitely.
Unlike adult stem cells, embryonic stem cells have the ability to give rise to any of the more than 200 different types of cells in the human body.