Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) are somatic cells (like cells from a skin biopsy) that are converted to a very early stem cell state. This allows for the derivation of almost every cell type from the human body, and it holds promise for studying and treating our most stubborn diseases. This image shows neurons (green) and neruonal stem cells (red) derived from iPSC. Using neurons derived from iPSC, it may be possible to study the underpinnings of neurological disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and more.
Image by Rakesh Karmacharya, Stuart L. Schreiber, and Stephen J. Haggarty, Harvard University.