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Labeling and Imaging of Stem Cells – Promises and ConcernsSchäfer R.
Institute of Clinical and Experimental Transfusion Medicine, University Hospital Tuebingen, Germany Corresponding Author
Dr. Richard Schäfer, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University, 7 Divinity Avenue, Boston MA 02138, USA, Tel. +1 617 643 3410, email@example.com
For experimental and clinical applications of stem cells cell labeling and tracking is interesting to evaluate cell distribution and homing. Tracking of cells after transplantation can be performed for monitoring the delivery and faith of the graft. Furthermore, imaging techniques are part of the evaluation of the functional effects of cellular therapy in the organism of the host. Therefore, systematic investigations on the development and clinical evaluation of imaging techniques and their possible biological impact on stem cells is an emerging topic of today’s applied stem cell research. This article refers to different labeling techniques of stem cells highlighting their promises for clinical use and discussing their possible risks.
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