November 26, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Do stem cells really home in on sites of disease or is that a myth? Take our poll


In the stem cell field we hear this all the time:

“Stem cells naturally home to areas of disease or injury.”

But is it really true or just a useful myth?

Such homing could be local such as if you inject stem cells into the parenchyma of the brain they go within the brain to the site of a problem.

Or such homing could be more global whereby, for example, stem cells injected IV home to a target diseased organ and then right into the places in there where they are needed most.

Behind the scenes bigwigs in the stem cell field are having a lively debate about this.

What do you think? Please take the poll above.