This video published by the Harvard School of Medicine is incredible, winning our award for the “Best Stem Cell Video of the Year.”
It is a zebrafish animation that shows the discoveries made by the Stem Cell Research Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Using the zebrafish as a model, it takes you from the birth of a blood stem cell, along its travel through the body, to its site of engraftment.
1st Time Stem Cell Activity is Documented within a Living System
The importance of these findings is that they reveal the natural process of blood stem cell activity, the first time this activity has been documented within a living system, as discussed here by the Harvard School of Medicine.
When a human patient receives a bone marrow transplant, the transplanted blood stem cells follow a similar path of activity, making these findings useful for clinical purposes. In addition to producing this video, Leonard Zon, MD, and colleagues have published their full findings in this issue of Cell.
Without question, it is the best 3 minutes you will spend today, so check it out and let us know what you think in the comments below.
“Birth and Engraftment of a Blood Stem Cell” from Harvard Medical School
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