Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, the last full week in April, is an annual celebration of medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play an important role in patient advocacy and health care.
When we think of the first ever laboratory, our brain might bring us to images of mad scientists from medieval times creating concoctions and carrying out experiments.
There are cells in our body that have incredible power. They construct our bodies before we are born and repair tissues to keep is alive. For example, stem cells in the skin aid in wound healing, while stem cells deep within the bone marrow replace our blood and immune cells.
Stem cells are unique in two ways: they can replicate themselves (a process known as self-renewal) and they may grow into more specialized cells (a process known as differentiation).