Nature Cell Biology | Editorial
Series on Stem Cell Biology
Stem cells have the unique capacity to self-renew and differentiate into a wide array of more specialized cells during development, but also to maintain homeostasis and to support tissue regeneration. Thus stem cells and their more differentiated derivatives are attractive models for studying development and disease, and represent a potential source for cell replacement therapies. Nature Cell Biology presents a series of commissioned articles that discuss recent advances, challenges and controversies in stem cell research. An accompanying online library contains research articles on this topic published in the past eighteen months by Nature Cell Biology and other Nature journals.