Author(s): Bianco P, Robey PG, Simmons PJ
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Abstract The concept of mesenchymal stem cells has gained wide popularity. Despite the rapid growth of the field, uncertainties remain with respect to the defining characteristics of these cells, including their potency and self-renewal. These uncertainties are reflected in a growing tendency to question the very use of the term. This commentary revisits the experimental origin of the concept of the population(s) referred to as mesenchymal stem cells and the experimental framework required to assess their stemness and function.
This article was published in Cell Stem Cell
and referenced in Journal of Stem Cell Research & Therapy