Stem Cells

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The mighty stem cell.  Perhaps no other scientific frontier is as exciting and full of potential  -- and the University of Minnesota Medical School is leading the way.

Our pioneering research with stem cells has already led to new treatments and therapies for blood cancers, kidney diseases, and conditions that benefit from the regeneration of tissue.

We’re also developing ways to use stem cells to repair heart muscle damaged by heart attacks, to repair the brain stem, and to fight diabetes through islet cell transplantation. 


Other recent highlights  include:

  • the treatment of a rare skin disease using bone marrow and cord blood grafts
  • new technology for de-cellularizing and re-cellularizing organs
  • potential use of Natural Killer cells to treat cancer
  • progress with enabling muscle differentiation from embryonic stem cells

The impact of stem cell research promises to reach far and wide -- in fact, we’ve only just begun to unlock the possibilities.


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Can we make a living heart in the lab?  Doris Taylor, Ph.D., talks about why she is driven to discover.


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What are stem cells and how are they used in medical treatments now... and in the future?

More Information

  • Using stem cells to fight cancer

    In a study of human tumors growing in mice, University of Minnesota researchers found that immune cells derived from human embryonic stem cells were effective in completely killing the tumors and preventing spread to other organs.

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