September 26, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Nature Stem Cell Reports

3 min read

Why are stem cells called stem cells? “Stem cell” is one of those terms we use all the time without thinking about it, but where did the name come from originally? Why do we call these particular cells that meet given criteria, “stem cell”? The name “stem”  would appear to be a reflection of their potent nature as cells. Note that I’ve updated this post in 2020. The term “stem” in this case refers to the stem of a plant meaning that stem cells …Read More