A new study conducted at the University of Copenhagen challenges traditional knowledge of stem cell development. The study reveals that the destiny of intestinal cells is not predetermined, but instead determined by the cells’ surroundings. The findings may make it easier to manipulate stem cells for stem cell therapy. Results have just been published in Nature. The surprising findings are the result of a search for understanding of what controls the destiny of intestinal stem cells. By introducing luminescent proteins into the cells researchers could, using advanced microscopy, monitor the development of the individual cells. Learn More