Stem cells are cells that have not developed into specific cells yet and have potential to differentiate into various types of cells. Stem cells can be found in embryo and adult tissues and can also be obtained by reprogramming specific cells back to its undifferentiated state. The ability of stem cells to turn into another cell creates some breakthrough for the future of science and health since the cells can be prospected to be used as evolutionary model, disease model, regenerative medicine and other clinical applications.
The Stem Cell research unit of Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology is a newly-developed unit equipped with state-of-the-art laboratory focusing on stem cell research. This unit has cell culture facilities with biosafety level-2 standard (BSL-2). Our current activities are isolating, culturing, and preserving Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs) and Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) from human tissues. We are also in progress to develop human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (IPSCs) from various types of somatic cells. The future goals of our research are to utilize stem cells in disease modelling, drug screening, and later to investigate their potential in therapeutic application for degenerative and genetic diseases in Indonesia.
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