Today’s Spotlight uses a photograph, courtesy of the researchers, showing pure intestinal stem cells were induced to differentiate to enterocytes (red).
Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have shown that they can grow unlimited quantities of intestinal stem cells, then stimulate them to develop into nearly pure populations of different types of mature intestinal cells. Using these cells, scientists could develop and test new drugs to treat diseases such as ulcerative colitis.
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