Researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have found how stem cells’ surrounding environment controls them to differentiate into functional cells, a breakthrough critical for using stem cells to treat various human diseases in the future.

Stem cells play a crucial role in supporting normal development and maintaining tissue homeostasis in adults. Their unique ability to replicate and differentiate into specialized cells holds great promise in treating diseases like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and type I diabetes by replacing damaged or diseased cells with healthy ones. Read More...


Prof. XIE Ting, Head and Chair Professor of HKUST’s Division of Life Science (second left), Dr. TU Renjun, Research Assistant Professor of HKUST’s Division of Life Science (second right) and other members of the research team
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