7 cool new stem cell research papers

Yang et al graphical abstract

Yang et al. graphical abstract

As a stem cell biologist it’s fun to read new papers on the latest cutting edge research. In that spirit, here is a list of 7 recent stem cell and regenerative medicine papers that caught my eye as particularly notable and that have sparked discussion.

From PLoS Biology:

From Nature Cell Biology:

From Cell:

From Stem Cells:

From Cell Stem Cell: 

Text mining top 50 papers reveals hottest 2016 stem cell trends

What are the hottest stem cell trends in the field today?

Depends who you ask, right?

One impartial way to look at stem cell trends is through the lens of publication citations and the focuses of top stem cell papers. In that perhaps somewhat skewed, but interesting approach, the words used in the titles of the 50 most cited research publications of 2016 with the phrases “stem cell(s)” in their titles should tell us something interesting.


Fortunately publication citation platforms these days like ISI may it a snap to collect such data with a few tricks. Then I plugged the data into a word cloud generator and ta-da I got the image above.

Cancer is the biggest word. Apparently cancer stem cells are hot in 2016, along with studies specifically on human stem cells with “human” as the second biggest word.

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