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About Stem Cells

Stem cells are extraordinary. You can’t survive without them. In fact, you would never have developed from a fertilized egg into an embryo if it weren’t for stem cells. They are unique because they can both:

  1. Produce copies of themselves, AND
  2. Make other, more specialized types of cell, e.g. skin cells, nerve cells or blood cells

No other cells in the body can do both these things. This makes stem cells vital for replacing cells in your body as they get damaged or used up. It also gives them huge potential for treating disease.

OptiStem aims to understand more about how stem cells work, and to use this knowledge to help develop medical applications. This website provides technical scientific information about OptiStem’s work. For lots of useful information for non-scientists, visit

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