The Biochemist Blog

Stem cell therapy for arthritis?

By Debosree Pal, JNCASR, India

During the development of an embryo, the initial mass of cells that possess the capacity to constantly divide and give rise to all mature cell types of an organism are referred to as the stem cells. Stem cells have a capacity known as pluripotency, derived from the Latin term plurimus meaning very many and potens that refers to their capacity to differentiate into all cell types.

PhD reflections: lessons and advice

By Ralitsa Madsen, Institute of Metabolic Science, Cambridge, UK

As a driven PhD student who is dedicating most of my waking hours to a very ambitious project, I often need to justify my choice to others. Wouldn’t I be set up for success with fewer hours in the lab, less scientific reading and a bit more faith in my own talent? My usual response is to ask the following question: how do elite athletes succeed?

A day in the life of a stem cell PhD student

By Sophie Arthur, University of Southampton

Finishing your finals during undergrad is one of the most amazing feelings! The relief and complete lack of stress is a welcome release from being hunched over a desk for hours and days on end. But as you transition into graduand life and are awaiting that day you can wear that cap and gown, the same question keeps cropping up; ‘So, what are you going to do now?’