I have featured Steve Stice and his team at ArunA Biomedical and UGA. They are pioneers in developing Embryonic Stem Cell Based Cultures and Assays for Drug Discovery and Basic Research. Given the importance of their work, I am commited to keeping my finger on the pulse of their advances and discoveries.
Here they isolate, and maintain in culture, neural progenitors demonstrating properties of these neural epithelial cells from WA09 human embryonic stem cells (hESCs):
D.W. Machacek, S. K. Dhara, C. Sturkie, K. Hasneen, D. Carter, L. Murrah Hanson, P.R. MacLeish, M. Benveniste, S.L. Stice. DIFFERENTIATION OF HUMAN EMBRYONIC STEM CELL DERIVED NEURAL PROGENITORS INTO FUNCTIONALLY RESPONSIVE POPULATIONS IN THE ABSENCE OF EXOGENOUS EGF.