Stem cell research at MU can help pregnant mothers

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GUEST COMMENTARY by R. Michael Roberts

Once again MU has found itself in the eye of a political hurricane with politicians, not scientists, vying to direct how, when, and if academic research projects are carried out.
What are we trying to accomplish with stem cell research at MU?

The main focus of my laboratory over the past six years, and the reason why we use induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) and human embryonic stem cells (ESC), is to study preeclampsia, a common disease that affects more than 1 in 20 pregnancies.

 

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