A Break for Stem Cells

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When I was home for a break during graduate school, my dad sat me down at the kitchen table and asked me to explain to him what stem cells — particularly embryonic stem cells — were, and why they were so special. I did the best I could to explain that the earlier along in the development process the stem cells were, the greater number of downstream cell types they could develop into and how that was interesting to researchers and clinicians.

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