ONTARIO INSTITUTE FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE: STEM CELLS INKED EPISODE 5
Embryonic stem cells have the ability to become any cell in the body, but exactly how a stem cell decides which kind of cell to become remains a heavily studied area.
In the laboratory of Dean Betts at Western University, Joshua Dierolf studies metabolism (the breakdown of nutrients into energy and other materials) and how these materials might influence stem cell decisions.
The concept that a stem cell’s fate might be determined by the end products of metabolism is just one example of the exciting science Canadian researchers are conducting across Ontario.
This is the fifth video in the Stem Cell Inked series. To see a more detailed write up of this project and my involvement in this exciting collaboration, take a look at the case studies.