Scientific article: iPSC Cells

Posted: 6 December 2017 | | No comments yet

An entirely new area of stem cell biology was introduced by Shinya Yamanaka in 2006 when he discovered that somatic cells could revert back to pluripotent-like cells, or induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).

The use of iPSCs has enabled scientists to model human diseases that were previously impossible to model, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and autism, without the ethical concerns associated with the use of embryonic stem cells. The field of iPSC technology is growing rapidly, with numerous new discoveries and applications in basic research and drug discovery.

For over a decade, Merck has offered a broad range of innovative tools to support the entire iPSC workflow, including iPSC reprogramming kits, iPSC culture media, human iPSC cell lines, and stem cell genome engineering tools and services. Our range of embryonic stem cell-qualified products provides researchers with convenient and cost-effective solutions for the reliable culture of pluripotent stem cells. Visit www.sigmaaldrich.com/stemcells to learn more.


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